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Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage Defeated
Okay - just one more on the issue...

As expected, the amendment didn't make it, which I'm quite happy about. Still, 48 votes in favor of the amendment weren't particularly encouraging.

There was more of the usual talk about how fundamental a social institution marriage is:
"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?"

Equating a gay/same-sex marriage ban to defending the country against terrorists - now that's just about as absurd as it gets. We still have a war going on, we have numerous threats to security, and this Rick Santorum thinks the future of the country is hanging on this one ridiculous issue?

The rhetoric is tiring. More politicians in the good old USA, land of the free, trying to pass laws to control the way people think. Why? Because they realize that the majority opinion on gay marriage is changing, and that in ten or twenty years it will be generally accepted. They say things like "children growing up now are going to think that this is okay!" Well, I encourage them to voice their opinion on the practice - but let's stop trying to pass laws to prevent other people from forming their own opinions. Isn't part of being free being able to think that gay marriage is okay if you want to, without a government conspiring to make you think otherwise?

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