Oh yes, I know the amendment isn't expected to get the necessary two-thirds vote needed to pass the full Senate. Even if that happens, the proposal would still have to be approved by three-fourths of the states.
But this is a vile amendment.
It not only bans same-sex marriage, but has delightful language that would also, at the very least, prohibit civil unions. Similar to the wording of the amendment passed last year in Kansas, this language is so vague it could also block just about any legal arrangement between the members of a same-sex couple
According to AP, the amendment reads:
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.What this would mean is that people who love each other and have committed their lives to their partnership probably would not be able to visit each other in the hospital.
We probably couldn't receive health insurance benefits or inherit from each other.
We -- that is those evil U.S. citizens who have committed the sin of loving someone of the same sex -- would be blocked from getting the more than 1,000 other legal benefits heterosexuals take for granted.
And yes, there could be times when children would be torn from their parents.
And it wouldn't matter how we live our lives or what churches we attend or whether we pay our taxes or commit a crime. Simply for loving, we would be hurt (actually, currently are, in many states). And why? Because some folks don't like us.
Somehow, someway, by simply existing we are destroying these people's marriages and their families. We don't even have to ever meet them, and we destroy them -- or at least, that's what they claim.
But of course, the amendment isn't going to pass and all of that isn'tt going to happen, not right now.
Today's vote and the vote by the full Senate on June 5 is just for grins. It's an exercise politicians go through to put each other on the record, to create a campaign issue. It's an exercise Republicans are going through to pander and please the religious right because, after all, the GOP reads the New York Times, too, and the Times reported about how truly unhappy James Dobson and other fundamentalist leaders are with the Republican Party.
Meanwhile, much of the rest of the blogosphere and the msm are chortling over the fact that committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa, and committee member Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., got into a shouting match. I like a good bellow between senators as much as the next political junky, but today it just doesn't seem funny.
In this moment of your life, what can you do?
Sign the Human Rights Campaign's online petition. Join HRC and send them money.
Contact your state gay rights organization and give them money and support. The biggest fight is in the states right now. If the day comes when the federal amendment does pass Congress, we will have to work even harder in each state. You see, if the U.S. Constitution is amended, then even the Supreme Court won't be able to help us.
In Kansas, the state organization is the Kansas Equality Coalition.