Federal Marriage Amendment...Senate to vote soon.

iflitifloat Profile Photoiflitifloat Profile Photo
iflitifloat
Broadway Legend
joined:10/10/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/10/03
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA)†as early Monday, July 12.

What's At Stake:

In 1973, Roe v. Wade constitutionally guaranteed that the right to privacy "is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy."† That same right to privacy is the basis of many of the most important legal decisions guaranteeing the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans.

In Griswold v. Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state law that criminalized the use of birth control by married couples.† The courtís decision in this case became the basis for later decisions recognizing privacy rights, including Eisenstadt v. Baird, in which the court invalidated a law prohibiting the distribution of contraceptives to unmarried couples, and Roe v. Wade, in which the court recognized the right of a woman to make certain fundamental decisions affecting her destiny, including the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy.†

The Supreme Court reaffirmed these constitutional protections most recently in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down the Texas law making it a crime for individuals of the same sex to engage in certain intimate sexual contact.†† In reaching its decision in Lawrence, the court relied on Griswold, Eisenstadt, and Roe itself in reaffirming that the Constitution protects individualís decisions about marriage, having and raising children, and basic family relationships.†


These cases form a seamless web that underscores an individualís right to freedom from government interference - be they gay or straight - in the most personal, private decisions.† Opposition to this amendment is essential because it is an effort to unravel these protections and to weaken the Constitutionís guarantees of equal protection of the law.
Sueleen Gay: "Here you go, Bitch, now go make some fukcing lemonade." 10/28/10
sean martin
Broadway Star
joined:7/4/04
Broadway Star
joined:
7/4/04
The administration can push this sucker as hard as they want, but it'll still get shot down as unconstitutional. You don't write discrimination into the Constitution, last time I checked.

'Sides, let's face it: this is a ploy to divert attention from Bush's miserable work on domestic and foreign affairs and the laughable "war on terror".

The Republicans, who supposedly come from a long line of adherants to the philosophy of "little government, out of its citizens' personal lives", should be ashamed of themselves.
"That duck was a sexual toy, and it was on display!" -- an unknown Nashville town leader
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/18/03
People disturb me
SueleenGay Profile PhotoSueleenGay Profile Photo
SueleenGay
Broadway Legend
joined:6/9/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/9/03
It's a hot button, never gonna happen issue to force the Democrats to take sides and vote one way or another. They know it will never pass the House, but they will be able to say "See, so and so is in FAVOR/AGAINST same sex marriage." I hate election year tactics.

Just get the MFer out of there and lets move on, shall we?
PEACE.
son_of_a_gunn_25 Profile Photoson_of_a_gunn_25 Profile Photo
son_of_a_gunn_25
Broadway Legend
joined:11/11/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
11/11/03
Well to amend the US Constitution 3/4 of the states have to ratify it. Political leverage is all it is. Pure and simple.
My avatar is a reminder to myself. I need lots of reminders...
sean martin
Broadway Star
joined:7/4/04
Broadway Star
joined:
7/4/04
The upside of this shill game is that, apparently, from the lack of response from the public in general, it's a non-issue.

I sometimes wonder if there's something in the air or the water inside Dupont Circle that makes these people so stupid.
"That duck was a sexual toy, and it was on display!" -- an unknown Nashville town leader
Matt_G Profile PhotoMatt_G Profile Photo
Matt_G
Broadway Legend
joined:5/1/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/1/04
Honey, Dupont Circle has more fairies than Fantasyland.
"Noah, someday we'll talk again. But there's things we'll never say. That sorrow deep inside you. It inside me, too. And it never go away. You be okay. You'll learn how to lose things..."
sean martin
Broadway Star
joined:7/4/04
Broadway Star
joined:
7/4/04
And I say we out every single one of them. I used to be against the whole outing thing, but stuff like this has a way of changing my mind real quick.
"That duck was a sexual toy, and it was on display!" -- an unknown Nashville town leader
Matt_G Profile PhotoMatt_G Profile Photo
Matt_G
Broadway Legend
joined:5/1/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/1/04
I've got to go to Dupont after work, so I'll start outing everyone than. re: Federal Marriage Amendment...Senate to vote soon.
"Noah, someday we'll talk again. But there's things we'll never say. That sorrow deep inside you. It inside me, too. And it never go away. You be okay. You'll learn how to lose things..."
papalovesmambo Profile Photopapalovesmambo Profile Photo
papalovesmambo
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
11/4/03
amendment 101#9
Posted: 7/8/04 at 3:08pm
a constitutional amendment cannot by it's very nature be unconstitutional as it would be, in fact, part of the constitution itself. hence, were such an amendment to pass the 2/3 vote in both houses of congress and were 3/4 of the states to ratify said amendment, no court in the land could strike it down and only another amendment passed through the same process could repeal it.

this mesage brought to you by schoolhouse rock and the committee to help enemies of bush sound resonably coherent despite themselves.
r.i.p. marco, my guardian angel.

...global warming can manifest itself as heat, cool, precipitation, storms, drought, wind, or any other phenomenon, much like a shapeshifter. -- jim geraghty

pray to st. jude

i'm a sonic reducer

he was the gimmicky sort

fenchurch=mejusthavingfun=magwildwood=mmousefan=bkcollector=bradmajors=somethingtotalkabout: the fenchurch mpd collective
bwaysinger Profile Photobwaysinger Profile Photo
bwaysinger
Broadway Legend
joined:1/13/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/13/04
amendment 101#10
Posted: 7/8/04 at 3:14pm
But, the DOMA could finally get to the Supreme Court and be stricken. I'm sure there are appeals on it sitting on someone's desk, waiting to be canned once Osama is wheeled out on live television just weeks before the election.
yours in conspiracy. amendment 101
sean martin
Broadway Star
joined:7/4/04
Broadway Star
joined:
7/4/04
amendment 101#11
Posted: 7/8/04 at 3:41pm
>> a constitutional amendment cannot by it's very nature be unconstitutional as it would be, in fact, part of the constitution itself

My knowledge of history may be a little shaky, but what happened to the Prohibition Amendment? It was struck down, no?
"That duck was a sexual toy, and it was on display!" -- an unknown Nashville town leader
Plum
Broadway Legend
joined:3/4/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/4/04
amendment 101#12
Posted: 7/8/04 at 3:43pm
Thanks, papalovesmambo. You saved me a ramble on American Government 101. :)

In any case, this will never pass. No way. But just in case, I'd write letters to the editor, etc. about it.
Updated On: 7/8/04 at 03:43 PM
papalovesmambo Profile Photopapalovesmambo Profile Photo
papalovesmambo
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
11/4/03
amendment 101#13
Posted: 7/8/04 at 3:48pm
nope, repealed by the 21st amendment. which went through the same path as the 18th (prohibition). an amendment is untouchable save for another amendment.
r.i.p. marco, my guardian angel.

...global warming can manifest itself as heat, cool, precipitation, storms, drought, wind, or any other phenomenon, much like a shapeshifter. -- jim geraghty

pray to st. jude

i'm a sonic reducer

he was the gimmicky sort

fenchurch=mejusthavingfun=magwildwood=mmousefan=bkcollector=bradmajors=somethingtotalkabout: the fenchurch mpd collective
sean martin
Broadway Star
joined:7/4/04
Broadway Star
joined:
7/4/04
amendment 101#14
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:32pm
Hey! I brought you cookies! Kosher ones, at that!
"That duck was a sexual toy, and it was on display!" -- an unknown Nashville town leader
Matt_G Profile PhotoMatt_G Profile Photo
Matt_G
Broadway Legend
joined:5/1/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/1/04
amendment 101#15
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:34pm
I loved them! Of course I'm watching my carbs this week, so I only had one. I'll save the rest for special occasions, though.
"Noah, someday we'll talk again. But there's things we'll never say. That sorrow deep inside you. It inside me, too. And it never go away. You be okay. You'll learn how to lose things..."
iflitifloat Profile Photoiflitifloat Profile Photo
iflitifloat
Broadway Legend
joined:10/10/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/10/03
amendment 101#16
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:39pm
I have rarely, if ever, agreed with papa on anything political, but I'll listen to what he has to say any and every day of the week. Why? Because, no matter how misguided his political reasoning and spin, he still knows what he thinks and believes and is willing to lay it out there with passion.
Sueleen Gay: "Here you go, Bitch, now go make some fukcing lemonade." 10/28/10
BWayBoy88
Broadway Legend
joined:4/23/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/23/04
amendment 101#18
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:45pm
Doesnt this amendment defeat the whole "All men are created equal and are entitled to life liberty and the persuit of happiness?"
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/18/03
amendment 101#19
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:46pm
Not if you are a bigot
sean martin
Broadway Star
joined:7/4/04
Broadway Star
joined:
7/4/04
amendment 101#20
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:47pm
Well, see, it just proves that some men are more equal than others. :)
"That duck was a sexual toy, and it was on display!" -- an unknown Nashville town leader
BWayBoy88
Broadway Legend
joined:4/23/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/23/04
amendment 101#21
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:50pm
Bush is a Jack A**
Matt_G Profile PhotoMatt_G Profile Photo
Matt_G
Broadway Legend
joined:5/1/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/1/04
amendment 101#22
Posted: 7/8/04 at 4:55pm
Funny how posts where someone fights back against papalovesmambo are deleted, when an entire thread where he fights with others is left standing. Hmmm....
"Noah, someday we'll talk again. But there's things we'll never say. That sorrow deep inside you. It inside me, too. And it never go away. You be okay. You'll learn how to lose things..."
Craig Profile PhotoCraig Profile Photo
Craig
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/20/03
amendment 101#23
Posted: 7/8/04 at 5:07pm
Posts from both parties were deleted.... As always, personal posts/conversations should be taken to PM.
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men" - Willy Wonka
Matt_G Profile PhotoMatt_G Profile Photo
Matt_G
Broadway Legend
joined:5/1/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/1/04
amendment 101#24
Posted: 7/8/04 at 5:11pm
and attacks on others should be left on the boards?
"Noah, someday we'll talk again. But there's things we'll never say. That sorrow deep inside you. It inside me, too. And it never go away. You be okay. You'll learn how to lose things..."
Broadwaybaby614 Profile PhotoBroadwaybaby614 Profile Photo
Broadwaybaby614
Broadway Star
joined:5/15/04
Broadway Star
joined:
5/15/04
amendment 101#25
Posted: 7/8/04 at 5:23pm
Of course not, but you know they will be...
"And now for something completely different..."
Updated On: 7/8/04 at 05:23 PM