Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Statement Of Sen. Patrick Leahy on S. J. Res. 1, The Marriage Protection Amendment

Statement Of Sen. Patrick Leahy on S. J. Res. 1, The Marriage Protection Amendment: "It should come as no surprise to any observer of partisan politics that the Republican Leader has decided that today our Nation's most pressing priority is concern over committed relationships between same sex couples. That we are devoting the precious few Floor days we have left in this session to this issue, when so many of us are trying to focus on solutions to high gas prices, the rising costs of healthcare, the ongoing situation in Iraq, and strengthening our national security, is a testament to the misplaced priorities of the Senate Republican leadership. News reports have clearly revealed how this proposed constitutional amendment is being used to satisfy the most extreme right-wing supporters of Republican politicians. I do not believe that Americans are well served by this strategy."

Yeppers Sen. Leahy you have got it right. These desperate right wingers will do anything to get out what they perceive as their base. However, and I am hoping here, most Americans are waking up to the fact that they have been led down the garden path by politicians who do not have their best interests at heart. They are beginning, albeit slowly, to realize that they have been had. What gay partnership, marriage, whatever impacts my 33 year old marriage? Or to quote my 11 year old grandson...."they [gay people] are only listening to their bodies, like we listen to ours." And grandma here, thinks the kid is pretty astute. Of course, he had a gay great-uncle, much beloved by the family, as is his partner, and my grandson realizes that we are all made in the creator's image. Hugs to my daughter, who is doing an excellent job parenting.

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