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09 July 2003 @ 02:36 pm
Political Angst  
So, autumnesquirrel brought a newspaper home last night. And I borrowed a couple of articles from her while she was reading the rest.

Good news: Howard Dean has raised enough money to make his campaigning easier. And it seems like he truly does intend to take his campaign to the people. Hopefully, between his official campaign site, the blog, and other voter-specific sites, we can make people believe their voice, their vote, counts for something again. (Other than license to bitch about the current regime).

Bad news: Gods above, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a decent, smart man (a practicing/formerly practicing surgeon). He has done good things. He is a good person - for a Republican. So, when he opened his mouth and said that he supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, I was more than a bit irritated. Granted, he also said he thought this was something that should be decided by the states, but it still shows a lack of thinking. He uses the idea of marriage as sacrament, a holy union.

Separation of church and state.

The amendment:

"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 under state or federal law shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."

Has anyone heard anything more (or from more reliable sources) of this?
Feeling like: irateirate
Mr. Teem: I have a Cluemr_teem on July 9th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC)
Introduced by Rep. Musgrave [CO]. It's on Thomas -- H.J. Res 56. Currently in the Judiciary committee's subcommittee on the Constitution.

Frist was on This Week making his statements. No transcripts are online but it was reported on in USA Today and elsewhere.
the name of dog: waveenochs_fable on July 9th, 2003 04:20 pm (UTC)
Um... can I ask how you know Frist is such a sweetheart?

You might want to read this.

Qarylla Windragarqarylla on July 10th, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
actually, it comes from working at EchoMail.

He was good to us, who had to deal with some of the crappiest things with the Senate. He was using email, from what I could tell, to see what his constituents were looking for.

And less than 6 months ago, he helped during some accident in Florida (I think it was Florida). There was a vehicle that overturned or something, and he not only called 911 (like a number of individuals), but he provided triage assistance and other medical aid.

That is all I remember of what he has done on a personal level. Now, his political views are pretty shitty, but I think he had some useful comments about stem cell research when the issue was coming up.
thastygliax on July 10th, 2003 07:40 pm (UTC)
Nothing on the specific bill you mention, but FWIW, the Boston Phoenix recently had an article on how the US is getting closer to accepting gay marriage.