Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"Gay Week" At Codemorse Continues

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Senate announced that it had voted down the Gay Marriage ban this afternoon.

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, "the fight" is still on:

“We were hoping to get over 50 percent, but that didn’t happen today,” said Sen. David Vitter, R-La., one of the amendment’s supporters. “Eventually, Congress is going to have to catch up to the wisdom of the American people or the American people will change Congress for the better.” “We’re not going to stop until marriage between a man and a woman is protected,” said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.

And we're not going to stop until people like yourself are revealed to be the meddlesome, opportunistic bigots you so clearly are, Senator Sam Brownback.

Bush said he was disappointed by the vote, but it often takes time to amend the Constitution. “Our nation’s founders set a high bar for amending our Constitution and history has shown us that it can take several tries before an amendment builds the two-thirds support it needs in both houses of Congress,” the president said in a statement.

“My position on this issue is clear; marriage is the most fundamental institution of our society, and it should not be redefined by activist judges. The people must be heard on this issue,” the statement continued.

Translation: MY people must be heard on this issue. Screw your people. Not literally, of course. Because sodomy is bad.

....Two Republicans changed their votes from yes in 2004 to no this time: Sens. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.....All told, seven Republicans voted to kill the amendment. The four others were Sens. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, Olympia Snowe of Maine and John Sununu of New Hampshire.

Congratulations to the above Republicans. You have my respect, and my gratitude. Senator Snowe continues to be a beacon of moderate reason in the extremist wilderness.

The rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves. Future history will show you to be no better than the yellow-bellied politicians who capitulated and cowtowed to the segregationists and anti-Suffragettes.

"My wife and I have been married 47 years - we have 20 kids and grandkids - and I'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce, or any kind of a homosexual relationship.

-Sen. James Inhofe

Congratulations, Senator. You should be so very, very proud.


At 5:19 PM, Anonymous portia said...

The funny part to me is Bush's absolute, rampant extortion of the far-right social conservatives. This vote had two fewer 'yes' nods than in 2004 because Chuck Hagel (R, Nebraska) was travelling with the President and didn't vote. That's leaving aside his Vice President, who's on record as opposing the amendment.

As Jon Stewart said (paraphrased), it's fascinating how all of our straight marriages are only threatened by long-term, monogamous same-sex relationships every two years. If you didn't see him going at it with Bill Bennett (no pun) on 6/6, check the clip.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Just did, and Stewart manages to use humor and intelligence to reduce Bennett's argument to simple bigotry in the space of seven minutes.

Nice work, Mr. Stewart.

Supporting this amendment requires that either a) you're a spineless wretch who'll toe the party line til' Kingdom come, or b) there's a part of you that hates gay people.

It's hard to hate a group of people when you know them personally. That's why people like Cheney and McCain can't get behidn this thing. Loyalists as staunch as they declined to support the amendment, and I think there's one good reason: they know gay people.

I wonder how many Bennett knows?


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