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Senate debate begins today on Marriage Protection Amendment


Yes, these are the people that the bigots in the Senate will “reach out to” with the amendment vote.

They’re off to the races, and the posturing will be a sight to see, I’m sure. I’ll be swamped at the day job, so I won’t be able to monitor the debate on the amendment. Sigh.

The Senate web site says debate begins at 2PM. The MPA vote is on Wed. (AP):

“Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society,” Bush said in his weekly radio address. “Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.”

The president was to make further remarks Monday in favor of the amendment as the Senate opened three days of debate.

All but one of the Senate Democrats — the exception is Ben Nelson of Nebraska — oppose the measure and, with moderate Republicans, are expected to block an up-or-down vote, killing the measure for the year…Parliamentary maneuvers were likely to sink the amendment for the year. Senate procedure requires two days of debate before the 100-member Senate decides — 60 votes are required — whether to consider the amendment on an up-or-down vote.

Anyway, you can catch it live on C-SPAN.

There’s an interesting piece in the latest Newsweek by Debra Rosenberg, Politics of the Altar: GOP leaders are putting gay marriage back on the agenda. Will voters respond?, but this is the paragraph that is going to make the fundies go apesh*t:

Though Bush himself has publicly embraced the amendment, he never seemed to care enough to press the matter. One of his old friends told NEWSWEEK that same-sex marriage barely registers on the president’s moral radar. “I think it was purely political. I don’t think he gives a s–t about it. He never talks about this stuff,” said the friend, who requested anonymity to discuss his private conversations with Bush. White House aides, who also declined to be identified, insist that the president does care about banning gay marriage. They say Monday’s events with amendment supporters—Bush will also meet privately with a small group—have been in the works “for weeks” and aren’t just a sop to conservatives.

As I said yesterday, the bible beaters have been roiling over the lack of attention that the White House has paid to this and they are still bleating. Daddy Dobson, according to the article, met up with key Rethugs and tossed out this nice, “Christian” threat: “If you forget us, we’ll forget you.” Tee hee. And here’s Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:

Land says he’s happy Bush is speaking out, but he’d like to see signs of real commitment to the issue. “We know what a full-court press looks like when we see one,” Land says. A White House official, who declined to be identified discussing strategy, says Bush has not made calls on the amendment because “nobody has asked us.”

Bush is scheduled to pay homage to the fundies and the sanctity of marriage vote around 1:45 today, according to CNN this AM.

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