Specter, Feingold Clash; Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Moves to Senate Floor

From the AP

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee yesterday approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, 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, D-Wis., 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,” Mr. Specter finished.

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

Amid increasing partisan tension over President Bush's judicial nominees and domestic wiretapping, the panel voted along party lines to send the constitutional amendment — which would prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages — to the full Senate, where it stands little chance of passing.

Arlen voted Yes because he thinks the measure should get a full vote on the Senate Floor, but is personally opposed to the measure.  Huh.  Why do I think he's trying to appease Pennsylvania conservatives in order to rally votes for Ricky?

The proposed amendment would require approval by two-thirds of Congress and three-fourths of the states. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has scheduled a vote on it for the week of June 5.

Early June is going to be a busy month for homophobic legislation.  Its also when the Pennsylvania House will (possibly) consider a state level marriage amendment. 

Face it, this is a Republic ploy to drive conservative voters to the polls.  The ass-whipping in the Pennsylvania election this past week has them scared out of their minds that Ricky's base will sit out the November election.  The anti-incumbent feeling in the air does not bode well for Mr. Sanctimonious. 

Of course, it doesn't bode well for Rendell either. 

My question is what it bodes for the homos?


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