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03/24/2010

Till #hcr's death do they impart

by Jeremy Hooper

Sen-BennettDid you know that a coalition of GOP Senators, led by Utah's Sen. Bob Bennett, are trying to use D.C. marriage equality as a way to kill healthcare reform? It's totally true. Check out this "poison pill" amendment that has been offered up purely as a way of stopping the reconciliation bill:

SA 3568. Mr. BENNETT (for himself, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Brownback, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Cornyn, and Mr. Enzi) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 4872, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010 (S. Con. Res. 13); which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end of subtitle B of title I, add the following:

SEC. __X. RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO DEFINE MARRIAGE.

(a) Findings.--Congress finds that--

(1) a broad coalition of residents of the District of Columbia petitioned for an initiative in accordance with the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to establish that ``only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in the District of Columbia'';

(2) this petition anticipated the Council of the District of Columbia's passage of an Act legalizing same-sex marriage;

(3) the unelected District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics and the unelected District of Columbia Superior Court thwarted the residents' initiative effort to define marriage democratically, holding that the initiative amounted to discrimination prohibited by the District of Columbia Human Rights Act; and

(4) the definition of marriage affects every person and should be debated openly and democratically.

(b) Referendum or Initiative Requirement.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, the government of the District of Columbia shall immediately suspend the issuance of marriage licenses to any couple of the same sex until the people of the District of Columbia have the opportunity to hold a referendum or initiative on the question of whether the District of Columbia should issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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Obviously not going to go anywhere. But still, just the fact that our lives and loves are once again being used as a partisan, politically-motivated obstacle? Ugh, gag me with a tea bag.

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**UPDATE: OMG -- NOM is actually taking this seriously:

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**UPDATE, 3/25: It failed, 59-36

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Your thoughts

This is political grandstanding on Bennett's part for the people at home and has little to do with gays or D.C. Remember two years ago when the people here replaced Cannon, who was the most conservative member of Congress at the time, with Chaffetz, an even more conservative ideologue? Yeah. Bennett is facing the same thing, and some are even wondering if he's going to survive a primary.

It'd be nice if there weren't so many bigots in my state, but there are. If Bennett does happen to lose, I'd hope the Dems would throw some money at their senate candidate here because they might actually be able to wage a battle for a change.

Posted by: Christian | Mar 24, 2010 1:24:13 PM

I can't believe NOM keeps I-Could-Not-Stand-Against-Your-Agenda Any-More-Strongly on their mailing list.

Posted by: Dan T. | Mar 24, 2010 11:06:51 PM

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