Tuesday, July 18, 2006

It's on the record now

So today the House failed to pass the Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. Yes, again. They were 47 votes shy of the necessary 2/3 majority. Here's the most interesting (well, as far as I'm concerned) snippet from the AP article:

But supporters said the vote will make a difference when people got to the polls in November. "The overwhelming majority of the American people support traditional marriage," said Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a Republican from Colorado, sponsor of the amendment. "And the people have a right to know whether their elected representatives agree with them."

First of all, I question her comment about and "overwhelming majority." Every poll I've seen in the last 3 months shows it dead even. 50/50. But that point isn't even the most important.

So let me get this...pardon the pun...straight. We've spent how long debating this divisive, discriminatory amendment AGAIN in the House? Costing how much money and time? Ignoring more pressing issues and topics. Not because "it's the right thing to do." Not because they thought it could pass. Not because of "overwhelming" outcry from 80% of America. Not because it would improve the US Constitution.

No...the reason we've wasted time, money, and energy on this discriminatory piece of garbage for the umpteenth time is so that people know who to vote for in November. Marilyn Musgrave, thank you for going on the record and admitting that this was an election year ploy, and not "concern for the moral fabric of America," "protection for the oldest and most sacred institution," or any of the other bogus claims made by countless FMA supporters. Too bad it's because you're just not smart enough to realize what you said, and not because you're being an honest politician. But at least a Republican supporter...and original "author" of the FMA...finally said what we've been saying for months now.

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