Thursday, November 10, 2005

When All Else Fails

Let’s see…raising the terror level doesn’t work, leaking classified information and lying about it gets an indictment, the Italians ratted out the folks who made up the story about the yellowcake from Niger, one Supreme Court nominee was so lame that even the toadies wouldn’t fall for her, and Democrats won two governorships in an off-year election. So, if you were a Republican desperate for a way to energize your base, what would you do? Hey, I got it! Bash the fags!

A conservative push to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment gained renewed momentum Wednesday after a Senate panel led by Kansas Republican Sam Brownback narrowly approved the measure.

The “Marriage Protection Amendment” would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, effectively rescinding the Massachusetts law that made gay marriage legal last year.

“None of us takes amending the Constitution lightly,” said Brownback, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution. “The plain fact is this amendment has been exhaustively studied and it really is time to act.”

While a similar effort led by President Bush failed in both chambers of Congress last year, conservative lawmakers are pushing for another vote to head off any decision in the federal courts that could legalize gay marriage.

In a 5-4 vote along party lines, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., cast the deciding vote allowing the amendment to pass to the full Judiciary Committee and a likely vote in the Senate next year. Specter said he opposes the amendment but feels it shouldn’t “be bottled up” in committee.

The measure would need to be approved by two-thirds of those voting in the House and Senate and then be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures.

How about that — the “Marriage Protection Amendment.” Don’t you just love the way these tightie righties come up with these ironic titles for their laws? So you think this will prevent divorce or keep people like Britney Spears and Anna Nichole Smith from getting married? Yeah, only if they want to get married to each other.

Sen. Sam Brownback is a jackass, which makes him a fine representative of a state where the high school biology textbooks start off with a story about two naked people and a talking snake. He is the embodiment of the arrogant and ignorant Christian conservative movement; long on sanctimony and short on the charity and compassion that is supposed to be the foundation of the faith that he so passionately flaunts. And he is not just limited to homophobia. He is so opposed to stem-cell research that he basically told Sen. Arlen Specter, who has cancer, that it’s too bad you’re gonna die, but finding a cure or treatment for cancer using stem-cells is immoral.

Here’s the best part:

Brownback, who is weighing a presidential bid, denied any political motives.

Oh, yeah, right. And chickens use dental floss.