House to vote on its version of the marriage amendment
It will be homo-obsessed Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave‘s day in the sun next week as the House debates her version of a marriage amendment — its language precludes any consideration of civil unions.
“Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any state, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”
The Senate already tanked its chance to pass a Marriage Protection Amendment; it failed to garner the 60 votes needed to keep the measure alive. The fundies expected to increase the yea votes to 52, but only managed a 49-48 showing. Boo-hoo.
The House vote will no doubt be a stronger showing for the fundie-beholden wingnuts, but since amending the Constitution requires 1) a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress to send the MPA to the states, and 2) it must be ratified by a minimum of 38 state legislatures, this is a purely political ploy to show the Daddy Dobson crowd that the pols know how to flog the homos for support (and to help the right wing raise buxxx).
In other homobigot Marilyn news, she’s getting a fire lit under her ass by Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael, who delivered a letter that scorched Musgrave (see video of him dropping it off at her office!), citing her “lack of respect for my rights and my family’s rights.” He also endorsed Musgrave’s Dem opponent, state representative Angie Paccione.
Musgrave made a fool of herself on the floor of the House, bleating about Terri Schiavo’s condition, based on nothing more than “facts” pulled out of her posterior.
In a March 20, 2005, House floor speech, Musgrave said she was “offended” others were calling Terri Schiavo a vegetable, adding Schiavo was smiling at visitors and crying when they left. Musgrave supported congressional efforts to get Schiavo’s feeding tube reinserted.
“What we do in this chamber tonight is as important as anything we have done in defending our nation, in doing the things that we do as members of Congress,” Musgrave said during the March 2005 floor speech.
Wednesday, Michael Schiavo said Musgrave “had no clue” about Terri Schiavo’s medical condition, noting that his wife’s autopsy showed her brain was half the size of a normal woman her age.
And Angie Paccione didn’t hold back either, zeroing in on Musgrave’s bloviating…
Paccione called Musgrave a supporter of the “most overreaching government we’ve seen.”
“We’ve got serious work to do for the country and Colorado, and that’s not being done because we’re focusing on invading people’s privacy, forcing moral views onto individual private citizens,” Paccione said.