October 1, 2004


Bill to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Falls Short (Richard Simon, October 1, 2004, LA Times)

The House on Thursday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage but gave Republican leaders a consolation prize by putting lawmakers on record on an issue that will be used as campaign fodder in the November elections.

The Marriage Protection Amendment, backed by President Bush, fell 49 votes short of the two-thirds majority required to begin the process of changing the Constitution. The vote was 227 for the amendment and 186 against.

But the amendment's supporters said the House vote was just the beginning of a long effort to pass the measure. "This issue is not going away," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). [...]

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) accused Republicans of bringing up the issue to create "a demagogic political ad" against Democrats who voted against it. The advocacy group Americans United For Separation of Church and State, which described itself as a "liberty watchdog group," called the vote an "election-year ploy designed to help the religious right launch political attacks as the Nov. 2 election approaches."

"Election-year ploy" is, of course, synonymous with "popular with over 60% of the citizenry." Ten years after the Contract, the Democrats still find themselves defending positions that only appeal to a slender fraction of voters. Yet they can't figure out how they became the permanent minority....

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2004 1:39 PM

How dare Congress have the temerity to do something that the overwhelming majority of voters approve of! Don't they know that the metrosexual elites are the only ones capable of determining the proper role of government?

Posted by: Bart at October 1, 2004 3:01 PM

The liberals say we shouldn't tamper with the Constitution. Funny, but hasn't the Constitution been tampered with 27 times already? So, what's wrong with tampering with it one more time?

Posted by: Vince at October 1, 2004 3:45 PM

"Metrosexual Elites" -- already pre-castrated for the fate Allah has written on their foreheads:

Eunuchs to guard the harems of their masters the Faithful.

Posted by: Ken at October 1, 2004 4:58 PM

Ken -

Given what we have heard about the Taliban and the tribesmen in Pakistan, the eunuchs won't be guarding any harems, they will be down low with the jihadists.

Posted by: ratbert at October 1, 2004 11:50 PM