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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Senate panel OKs gay-marriage ban

Senate panel OKs gay-marriage ban:

Can you believe it? According to Wonkette, Specter voted to let this marriage discrimination bill out of the Senate committee and up for a full vote, even though he's opposed to it personally and believes it doesn't have a chance of passing. Talk about a waste of time--to say nothing of prejudice!

One thing I didn't know 'til today--Russ Feingold supports marriage equality--props to him!


From the Washington Post:

A U.S. Senate panel advanced a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday as the committee chairman shouted "good riddance" to a Democrat who walked out of the tense session.

"If you want to leave, good riddance," The Senate Judiciary Chairman, Republican Arlen Specter, told Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold, who refused to participate because, he said, the meeting was not sufficiently open to the public.

"I've enjoyed your lecture too. See you later, Mr. Chairman," Feingold told the Pennsylvania senator before storming out of the private room where the meeting took place.

The testy exchange highlighted tensions over the proposal, which seeks to amend the U.S. Constitution to prevent states from recognizing same-sex marriages.


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