Daily Archives: July 12, 2004

Senatorial Quality

Rick from Radically Inept had a bit of time to watch the marriage amendment debates on C-SPAN today. It was an educational experience:

Oh, I can’t resist this observation from C-SPAN today. I caught a few minutes of the senate debate on the ‘our government should define marraige in our contitution’ act. I got to see U.S. Senator Rick Santorum-Pennsylvania say that the `Federal Marriage Amendment’ had bi-partisan sponsorship because, get this, Senator Zell Miller, Democrat from Georgia is a co-sponsor. Which, as we all know, is the truth on the surface, but look at how his voting pattern rates.
Oh, then Santorum made the idoitic statement “marriage as defined in the constitution.” I would have hoped that a senator, especially a republican senator, would have read the Constitution by now.
And santorum has actually sworn to uphold the Constitution. Yeccchh.
Update (7/13): Norbizness has some more examples of the high quality of this debate.

cheney Yes, cheney No and Both are Wrong

Well, there is just no agreement in the cheney family these days:

Lynne Cheney, the vice president’s wife and mother of a lesbian, said Sunday that states should have the final say over the legal status of personal relationships.
That stand puts her at odds with the vice president on the need for the constitutional amendment now under debate in the Senate that effectively would ban gay marriage.
While her position is certainly preferrable to that of her husband I can not, as does Alex Knapp, agree with it.
We would all be better off, i.e., it would promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity1, if neither state legislatures nor congress involved themselves in the legal status of personal relationships beyond regularizing the contract law that applies to the freely chosen relationships of informed, consenting adults.
1Preamble to the Constitution