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FMA is back in play – Colarado Senator Allard submits another marriage amendment

Wingnut Senator Wayne Allard is first out of the gate with another version of FMA, and has at least 12 co-sponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

Can you think of things going on in this country that should take top legislative priority and the attention of our elected officials? War in Iraq, Social Security, health care, the environment, maybe? Senator Wayne Allard doesn’t think so. Marriage is in serious jeopardy, so the Colorado Republican is submitting the “Marriage Protection Amendment“, indicating his top issue of concern. (Rocky Mountain News):

he fight over same-sex marriage is about to vault to the top of the congressional agenda today, when U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard plans to reintroduce a measure that would define marriage nationally as being between one man and one woman. Last year’s version of the proposed constitutional amendment was shelved after a hard-fought procedural vote, when it gained only 48 of the 60 votes needed to bring it up for final approval.

“We think we have more support this time than we had last time around,” said Allard, R-Loveland.

As of Sunday, he had lined up at least 12 co-sponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. But Allard still does not know if he has the required two-thirds vote for final Senate passage.

Allard’s measure, called the Marriage Protection Amendment, faces fierce opposition from gay and lesbian groups and human rights organizations that equate it to adding discrimination to the U.S. Constitution.

“We’ve never institutionalized a slap against a community in the Constitution before, and there’s no reason to do it now,” Julie Tolleson, spokeswoman for Equal Rights Colorado, said Sunday evening.

…A law passed during President Clinton’s administration, the Defense of Marriage Act, provides that states are not required to recognize same-sex marriages granted in places such as Massachusetts.

President Bush, who supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, raised eyebrows among conservative Christian supporters recently when he told The Washington Post that Congress might not take action as long as DOMA remains in effect. “The point is, is that senators have made it clear that so long as DOMA is deemed constitutional, nothing will happen,” Bush told the newspaper, according to the White House transcript.

Allard said he believes Republican Senate leaders will send a different message today. He expects his amendment to be designated Concurrent Resolution 1, indicating at least symbolically that it is the top legislative priority.

Thanks to House Blend reader Paul for the pointer.

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