Gay marriage ban advances to Senate floor
It looks like Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is going to get his wish to follow up his failed "Health Care Week" with "Wedge Issue June" as Senator Wayne Allard's (R-CO) "Marriage Protection Amendment" made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee today on a straight party line vote -- after which, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) left the room following a sharp exchange of words with Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA).
Allard's bigoted bill, which has a zero chance of passing the full Senate when it arrives for the June 5 date set by Frist, has 29 Republican cosponsors and says that "Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."
It also "prohibits the Constitution or any State constitution from being construed to require that marital status or its legal incidents be conferred upon any union other than that of a man and a woman."
The Associated Press reports that Feingold, a vocal opponent of the measure, got into a heated exchange with Specter after the vote.
"I don't need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," said Specter after Feingold said he was leaving the meeting. "If you want to leave, good riddance."
Said Feingold: "I've enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman. See ya."
Up next, look for Orrin Hatch's (R-UT), S.J.RES.12 -- also known as the "flag-burning amendment" -- to pass Committee and find its way to the Senate Floor in June as well. The Hatch amendment proposes to amend the U..S. Constitution "Ã¢â‚¬Â¦to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States" and Frist has promised a roll-call vote on it as well.
With Frist trying to set the table with nonsensical issues for the midterm elections, it's gonna be a long, hot summer.
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