Operation “Get Out The Bible-Thumper Vote” Is GO!

A Senate committee approved a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage Thursday.

It reads: “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman,” and would require approval by two-thirds of Congress and three-fourths of the states to become an official amendment.

In the past, I’d be comfortable saying that this was just political grandstanding before the mid-term elections, because there is no bloody way that they’d get 3/4ths of the states to pass it.

Now? I’m not so sure.

Small positive element of that story: Sen. Russ Feingold (D- Wisconsin) declared his opposition to the amendment, his affinity for the Constitution and walked out of the meeting.

This pissed off Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania), the Judiciary Committee Chairman — “I don’t need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I,” he shouted as Feingold left. “If you want to leave, good riddance.”

“I’ve enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman,” replied Feingold. “See ya.”

Personally, I think he should’ve thrown in a VP-Cheney-approved “Go Fuck Yourself” as well, but hey, that’s just me.

5 Replies to “Operation “Get Out The Bible-Thumper Vote” Is GO!”

  1. Dropping your pants is always good; if you have underwear on, it’s not indecent exposure.

    This is scary that I’m starting to agree with anything you say. I’ll run with it, though, since I don’t feel like getting arrested for my religion like they do to people in China…

  2. Arlen Specter – Protector of the Constitution. That’s funny. It’s rather fitting that he’s from a coal mining state that has a history of cave-ins.

  3. I’d rather be in Pennsylvania than most other states ;).

    And yeah, he’s a moderate compared to who could be in office. On the other hand, some much more conservative Republicans just got elected into the State Senate, which bodes ill for the national elections.

    This is kinda surprising, though, as Specter is usually much more moderate, especially in regards to this stuff. I suspect a LOT of the locals are writing in saying to do this.

  4. Specter is actually opposed to the amendment (or at least claimed to be in no uncertain terms), he’s just allowing it to be debated.

    Which doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate Feingold making a fuss about it, especially since Wisconsin is trying to get a similar ban into the state constitution (which I find fucking appalling).

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