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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

7/14/2004

No Marriage Amendment

Frist faced further problems: A handful of "moderate" GOP senators, most from New England, who are more socially tolerant of gays and lesbians, and other Republicans, who are cultural conservatives, but who nevertheless loathe the idea of amending the constitution for any reason.

In the end, Frist and White House strategist Karl Rove couldn't decide whether they really wanted to pass the measure or merely have a vote they could campaign on. The result is that they got neither.
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The idea of banning gay marriage constitutionally was goofy from the go. And the rampant cynicism with which the religious right and the Republican campaign machine decided to cement their base with a bit of gay bashing was despicable.

The best part of this debate is that it blew up in the American socons' faces. Which is what should happen when a constitutional ammendment is being used for a purely partisan - and rather nasty purpose.