Yet another reason why Republicans are not fit to rule this country:
Top Senator Backs Amendment Banning Gay Marriage
The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate said on Sunday he supported a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist expressed concern about the Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down a Texas sodomy law. He said he supported an amendment that would reserve marriage for relationships between men and women.
“I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament, and that sacrament should extend and can extend to that legal entity of a union between, what is traditionally in our Western values has been defined, as between a man and a woman,” said Frist, of Tennessee. “So I would support the amendment.”
The comment, during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program, comes days after the U.S. high court struck down sodomy laws that made it a crime for gays to have consensual sex in their own bedrooms on the grounds the laws violated constitutional privacy rights.
The court’s decision was applauded by gay rights advocates as a historic ruling that overturned sodomy laws in 13 states.
Conservatives have expressed their fears that the June 26 ruling could lead to the legalization of gay marriages.
The marriage amendment, reintroduced in the House of Representatives last month, says marriage in the United States “shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.”
Amending the constitution requires the approval of two thirds of each of the houses of the U.S. Congress and approval of 38 state legislatures.
Frist said he feared that the ruling on the Texas sodomy law could lead to a situation “where criminal activity within the home would in some way be condoned.”
“And I’m thinking of, whether it’s prostitution or illegal commercial drug activity in the home, and to have the courts come in, in this zone of privacy, and begin to define it gives me some concern,” Frist said.
Frist said the questions of whether to criminalize sodomy should be made by state legislatures.
“That’s where those decisions, with the local norms, the local mores, are being able to have their input in reflected,” Frist said.
Let me be sure I have this correct, Senator. You believe that each individual state should decide whether to allow sodomy (which is what conservatives like to call any sexual act not performed between a man and a woman in the missionary position), yet you believe that the federal government should be the ones who set the legal definition of marriage. Strange set of values you have there, sir.
Let me put your fears to rest. The recent Supreme Court decision will, without doubt, lead to the legalization of gay marriage. It’s called equal rights. Get used to it. You just have to get over this idea that somebody else enjoying the same rights and privileges that you enjoy is “criminal activity.”