Saturday, August 22, 2009

Gay Marriage Column

"The bill’s sweeping prohibitions also deny to same-sex couples who work for the federal government shared insurance and other work-related benefits, all so that Congress could pose as the moral defender of traditional marriage. It was a strange pose, given that some of DOMA’s staunchest supporters were divorcees and adulterers.

The act was authored by then-Republican Congressman Bob Barr, who was doing a star turn representing the fringe. He was already on his third marriage. It was supported by such dutiful husbands as then- U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, now governor of South Carolina, whose marriage is in tatters because his “soulmate” is not his wife.

Democrats jumped on board the hypocrisy train, too, for fear they might encounter a backlash from conservative Christians. The womanizing Bill Clinton signed the legislation, telling The Advocate, a gay-interest newspaper, that “I remain opposed to same-sex marriage. I believe marriage is an institution for the union of a man and a woman.”
Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nice to see one of our straight allies make the case for repealing the misnamed Defense of Marriage Act at this time when all of the attention is focused on health care.

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