Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The FMA is dead

The FMA (Federal Marriage Amendment) was defeated in the Senate today, by a vote of 48-50, it needed 60 votes in order to stay alive for another round of votes. The GOP plans to keep up the fight and bring it to a vote at the earliest possible time (which won't be until after the elections).

Now, I'm completely against this amendment in any way, shape or form. Look, it's on thing to make gay marriages illegal, but to have it written into our constitution... Do you understand how completely shortsighted that is? Our Constitution is our most sacred document, one that enshrines our freedoms. One that allows me to write this without the fear of any retaliation by the police for openly criticizing the president. George Bush has the gull to push for this, when we are in the middle of a massive War of Ideas.

Not to mention, there is no real justification against it at all. "What about tradition?" many scream. Well, excuse me, but when has tradition ever been important? Seriously, it was tradition thousands of years ago for males not to shave. Times change.

Leading Republican Senator Rick Santorum has this:

"I would argue that the future of our country hangs in the balance because the future of marriage hangs in the balance," said Sen. Rick Santorum, a leader in the fight to approve the measure. "Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?"
Asshole. The "ultimate homeland security"? Right. So, if we were to legalize gay marriage that would be tantamount to capitulating in the War on Terror. And if it did get amended, that al-Qaeda would think "hey guys, look they just banned gay marriage. Well, I guess our job is done. Let's stop killing Americans." I supported the Iraq War because I believed in individual liberty and that all people should be free. And many Republicans feel the same, yet they seek to urdermine that liberty here at home.

Please feel free to post any disagreements you may have with this.