Thursday, July 15, 2004

The Federal Marriage Amendment vote has restored my confidence in our government: In mid-May, CBS News conducted a poll with the following question,

"Would you favor or oppose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow marriage ONLY between a man and a woman?" N=1,113 adults, MoE ╠ 3 (for all adults)

The results: Favor, 60%, Oppose, 37%, Don't Know, 3%

Yet today, a procedural vote relating to the FMA failed to garner a simple majority, effectively killing the constitutional amendment. Moreover, a few senators have said they will vote against the FMA on the final vote but still vote for the procedural vote; in total, this brings the number of senators supporting the FMA to about 46.

Its astonishing that a proposition supported by 60% of the public only finds 46% in the Senate. Further, this isn't an artifact of the way Senate representation distorts national opinion; the Senate is dominated by members from rural states where the public overwhlemingly supports the FMA.

When it came down to it, senators really voted their principles rather than their electoral advantage.

3 Comments:

At 2:05 PM, Blogger jsobo119 said...

Ban shaving too!

The thing I find that contributes to the majority of people supporting a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is the projection of religious beliefs in situations where nobody is being harmed.

Ok murder is bad in most religions and hurts people... Make a law prohibiting killing people. If I want to shave... I am not hurting anyone but myself if I cut myself. Should we make a law banning shaving because the Bible says you should not shave? (I don't think it does)

Hey homosexuality is not even mentioned in the 10 comandments. Working on the sabath is... shouldn't we ban working on the sabath first? You know... keep holy the sabath...

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger alex said...

i agree with you entirely -- i think much of the anti-gay-marriage rhetoric is poorly disguised religious preaching.

 
At 5:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on, it's because homos are depraved and should be less gay, i mean, nobody wants to see that shit.

-a

 

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