Just passing along more hot air coming out of the fundies…
Matt Daniels of the bigoted Alliance for Marriage Coalition held a press conference in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist made sure he got plenty of face time to bloviate; Virginia’s George Allen also put his two cents of intolerance in.
Senator Frist: “Matt, congratulations for once again bringing together wonderful people from around the country who underscore the importance of what the United States Senate is about to once again undertake. . . . The people surrounding me who represent thousands and thousands of people understand that marriage is the cornerstone of our society. This institution, more than any other, concerns the well-being of our future, of our children, of the states that my colleagues and I represent — indeed of this country…We’ve got to do more than talk. We’ve got to do more than say “These are our beliefs.” We’ve got to do more than say “These are the beliefs of the American people.” We need to act. If not we move in the opposite direction. To allow the courts to redefine marriage is to suppress, to discount, to ignore the voices of the American people, to ignore the votes of the American people who have overwhelmingly voted to preserve marriage solely as that union between a man and a woman…So Matt, once again I thank you for your tremendous leadership. This is an issue that is important to every single American.”
Senator George Allen: “I thank all of the leaders here from a diversity of religious views, a diversity of backgrounds, all coming together, recognizing that no matter one’s culture there is no more important institution than that of the family and the institution of marriage as the key for the future of our country and the future of our children. I thank you all. And, Matt, thank you for putting together a great team. Unfortunately we see unelected judges usurping the right of the people to express their views and their values. Matt mentioned the case just last year in Nebraska where the people of Nebraska overwhelmingly — over 70% — voted to define in their constitution marriage as between a man and a woman. And an unelected federal judge — appointed for life — ruled that unconstitutional. So we need a constitutional amendment — a federal marriage amendment — to protect the will and the views and the values of the people in the states. There will be those who say this is a state’s rights issue, and it is! It is protecting what we believe in our respective states.
Other windbags at this conference: Senator Wayne Allard, Senator David Vitter, Rabbi Abba Cohen, Director and Counsel of the Washington Office of Agudath Israel of America, Niger Innis, National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, Bishop Joseph Kurtz, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Rev. Sam Rodriguez, the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Dear Leader’s go-to black pastor, Bishop Harry Jackson, founder of the High Impact Leadership Coalition.
Hat tip, Michelle R.