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Shouting Match Over Gay Marriage Amendment

Posted on May 18, 2006

Sen. Russ Feingold (right) sparred with Sen. Arlen Specter over a committee vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Feingold voted against the ban, and Specter voted to send the issue to the full Senate, where it has little chance of passing.

After a Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., strode out of the room, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., bid him “good riddance.”


WASHINGTON - A Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Thursday, after a shouting match that ended when one Democrat strode out and the Republican chairman bid him “good riddance.”

“I don’t need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., shouted after Sen. Russ Feingold declared his opposition to the amendment, his affinity for the Constitution and his intention to leave the meeting.

“If you want to leave, good riddance,” Specter finished.

“I’ve enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman,” replied Feingold, D-Wis., who is considering a run for president in 2008. “See ya.”


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By Nova, May 20, 2006 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment
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I sometimes think Feingold is the only senator who has a clue about what the majority of the American people are concerned about.  Russ for President!

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By robert puglia, May 19, 2006 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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bend over, arlen, and let me explain something to you…

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By C Quil, May 19, 2006 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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I agree with ponder’s remark. This is an attempt to get the lunatic fringe (if only they were just a fringe) out to the polls again at the end of this year. Most people are perfectly capable of conducting their private lives without the interference of pointy-eyed bigots or fundamentalist loonies.

Since the divorce rate is the highest in red states, maybe they have something to learn from two people who are willing to go through hell just to get married.

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By sooz5002, May 19, 2006 at 8:57 am Link to this comment
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Is this what you pay your Legislators to do?  Is this how you expect your tax dollars to be spent?  If you want to see more moralizing from Legislatures let’s just ignore the instigator behind all this—$$$$$ !

If you think that closely-regulated public funding of election campaigns would cost too much, think about what privately-funded campaigns cost us right now.

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By HEATHER, May 19, 2006 at 5:32 am Link to this comment
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By John Hall, May 18, 2006 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment
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RS in Santa Fe,
I would like to believe the American people won’t fall for this junk given everything else happening, but I still remember the 2004 election not being about Iraq, the economy, the deficit, healthcare, etc. Instead it was about John Kerry’s medals, gay marriage and Dick Cheney’s daughter and “moral values”.

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By ponder, May 18, 2006 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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Umm excuse me, it is a distraction from the real issues true but the Christian Right has made it very clear to the GOP that they will not go to the polls as ordered by the pulpits if they do not start doing some pandoring.  Some are saying that it is too little too late.  Think about that for a sec the Christian Right is begining to slowly turn away from them, of course they are freaked out.  Just wait there will be much more grandstanding ahead but I would like to note they are pushing so far only legislation that is well known to be doomed.  They cant win a vote on this and they know it.  If the Christians figure out their little game they are in a world of sh*t.

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By cognitorex, May 18, 2006 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment
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A thought regarding the GOP’s TheoRight-pandering with their push for a constitutional anti gay marriage amendment:

Consider this scenario.

A thin, multi-pierced young man with a green blaze in his hair is walking down a high school corridor. He approaches a hulking figure, in this case the school’s starting defensive tackle, who is noisily slamming shut his locker.

“Hey Dude, do you know which room the gay lesbian meeting’s in?”

“Yeh, go up that stairwell and turn right. You’ll see it.”

Neither young man gives this hallway exchange a moment’s thought or reflection. The point is that, comparatively speaking, young people give less and less a fig about gay-lesbian activities, including whether or not G-L’s appropriate the word marriage to consummate their emotional and contractual needs.

What exists now is that a high percentage of older voters are against gay marriage thus controlling the voting outcome on this issue. With certitude, this will change as seniors leave the voting rolls and youth join. Polling will not only confirm this trend but also actuarially divine the future year in which the majority of American voters will vote to allow gay marriage.

This whorish pandering to the TheoRight’s bigotry’ needs may seem despicable and shallow but trollops must do what trollops must do to stay in bed with the Value’s Voters. N’est-ce pas?

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By gifgrrl, May 18, 2006 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Quote: “You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I.”

Why Mr. Specter, I couldn’t have said it better!

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By dick Schleifer, May 18, 2006 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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There is no reason in the world for the US
Senate to be addressing this issue. With the Iraq diaster, the twin deficits, the Mexican border fiasco, healthcare and the scandals ripping through the GOP, same sex marriage is at best a distraction. If that’s the intention, it’s a loser. The American people, aside from the Christian Right, have a good sense of priorities. And this issue is way down the list. I say, “good ridddance” to Senator Spector and the rest of his GOP cronies on the judicial committee.  RS in Santa Fe

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