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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Marriage vote

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2006 at 3:45 PM


Another day, another bogus “values” vote by the Republican-led House of Representatives while thousands are slaughtered in Iraq. On a 236-187 vote, the House fell 47 votes short of the two-thirds needed to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment already beaten this year in the Senate. The margin was bigger than 2004, despite a rise in Republican seats. Said Ralph G. Neas of People for the American Way:


“In 2004 we won a decisive victory.  This year we did even better.  As much as the extreme, anti-gay right would like to convince us that this is a pressing national issue, the facts say otherwise.  Wasting time debating a constitutional amendment to permanently deny the protections of marriage to same-sex couples isn’t a priority -- it isn’t in our country’s interest at all.  America doesn’t want this amendment to be a part of the Constitution, and today we can say with greater certainty that it never will be. 


“The Federal Marriage Amendment would have weakened marriage and broken up families across the country.  It would have infringed on the religious freedoms of every house of worship by limiting the kinds of marriages they are allowed to perform and would have written discrimination into our founding document.  The fact that there are even more votes against the amendment this time around goes to show that more and more people have come to understand this. 


“We applaud the Representatives of both parties who stood up against this amendment.”


In Arkansas, the applause goes solely to Rep. Vic Snyder. Our other congressmen voted for the amendment.

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