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The Senate Can Now Return to Issues 1 – 32 June 7, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in anti-gay activists, lgbt Issues, marriage equality, politics.

Marriage equality is an incredibly important issue… for gay and lesbian people. As repeated on the Senate floor by Democratic senators numerous times, same-sex marriage ranks a low #33 on the list of voter priorities.

After watching over 13 hours of Senate debate and countless media pundits repeating talking points, the thought of stating the obvious in more than one sentence makes my stomach churn. So, let me get this out of the way: The Senate debate on the “Marriage Protection Amendment” was a political ploy pushed by presidential candidate Bill Frist in hopes of brainwashing anti-gay bigots into believing Republicans have actually lived up to their rhetoric about fiscal responsibility, fighting terrorism and promoting small government.

But maybe I’m wrong. The respected senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, who took time away from talking about incest and bestiality to address the amendment, claims it is not just a well-timed political ploy:

We have been considering now for several months what the best timing would be to bring this legislation up. We had a very forceful voice being heard from the American public…

What forceful voice? Doesn’t this issue rank #33 on the list of voter priorities? I hear people screaming about immigration and gas prices, not marriage. Perhaps he meant:

We have been considering now, ever since our approval numbers hit the shitter, when the best time to bring up anti-gay legislation would be. James Dobson has a very forceful voice, we heard it, and realized that true Christians would want us to avoid issues like helping the working class and instead focus on this asap.

Despite the frustrations over the past couple of days, it all ended on a high note. We all knew the amendment would fail, but anti-gay supporters predicted a much better day for themselves. Matt Daniels of Alliance for Marriage expected a majority of the Senate to vote for the amendment, but he fell a few votes short. The Senate voted 49 in favor and 48 opposed to continue debate on the Federal Marriage Amendment, far short of the 60 votes needed to continue. Not only did they fall short of the goal they have been touting all week long, but they only received one vote more than they did in 2004 (despite picking up 4 seats since the last vote).

So, despite watching “our representatives” ridicule our lives and relationships before the entire nation, it was a quasi-satisfactory ending. Now we need to prepare for the next time a marriage amendment hits the Senate floor, which will predictably be during the next election cycle.

Here are the senators I would like to acknowledge for speaking out forcefully about gay and lesbian families’ right to exist:

  • Sen. Russ Feingold (D – Wis.)
  • Sen. Mike Dayton (D – Minn.)
  • Sen. Edward Kennedy (D – Mass.).

I should also acknowledge the Republican senators that had the courage to face their party and vote against an amendment they knew was wrong (whether they said so or not):

  • Sen. Arlen Specter (R – Penn.)
  • Sen. Judd Gregg (R – N.H.)
  • Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R – R.I.)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R – Maine)
  • Olympia J. Snowe (R – Maine)
  • Sen. John McCain (R – Ariz.)
  • Sen. John E Sununu (R – N.H.)

Visit the Senate’s site to see how your senator voted.



1. mary - December 16, 2006

nice blog!


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