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Feingold calls BS on gay-hating placebo politics

Leaving a closed-door hearing, Sen. Russ Feingold tells Republican creeps who were writing a constitutional amendment to "protect marriage," "See ya."
Senate Republicans, with no ideas on how to revive their sagging party's hopes for November, have opted for legislating socially divisive issues like reproductive rights and abortion over the summer. They held a closed-door session to draft up a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and Russ Feingold called BS. He left after voicing his distate for the choice of holding the meeting without the public in attendance, telling Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter he didn't need any lectures. "See ya," he said.

Here's the language of the draft: "Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.
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