Friday, March 05, 2004

Interesting facts about the Defense of Marriage folks:
*Ronald Reagan - divorced the mother of two of his children to marry Nancy Reagan who bore him a daughter only 7 months after the marriage.
*Bob Dole - divorced the mother of his child, who had nursed him through the long recovery from his war wounds.
*Newt Gingrich - divorced his wife who was dying of cancer.
*Dick Armey - House Majority Leader - divorced
*Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas - divorced
*Gov. John Engler of Michigan - divorced
*Gov. Pete Wilson of California - divorced
*George Will - divorced
*Sen. Lauch Faircloth - divorced
*Rush Limbaugh - Rush and his current wife Marta have six marriages and four divorces between them.
*Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia - Barr, not yet 50 years old, has been married three times. Barr had the audacity to author and push the "Defense of Marriage Act." The current joke making the rounds on Capitol Hill is "Bob Barr...WHICH marriage are you defending?
*Sen. Alfonse D'Amato of New York - divorced
*Sen. John Warner of Virginia - divorced (once married to Liz Taylor.)
*Gov. George Allen of Virginia - divorced
*Henry Kissinger - divorced
*Rep. Helen Chenoweth of Idaho - divorced
*Sen. John McCain of Arizona - divorced
*Rep. John Kasich of Ohio - divorced
*Rep. Susan Molinari of New York - Republican National Convention Keynote Speaker - divorced
Don't let homosexuals destroy the institution of marriage. The Christian Republicans are doing a fine job without anyone's help!
My mother was a Republican (although she was having a few doubts towards the end of her life). She is probably storming about heaven over the latest word from Washington. She was fiercely pro-choice when abortion was illegal. She helped people find safe doctors so they did not have to go to the back alley butchers. And now? What has happened to my mother's Republican Party? It used to be the party of individual rights and fiscal responsibility. Now it is taking away personal freedom and spending money like there is no tomorrow. The Patriot Act, creeping destruction of women's rights through anti-choice legislation, giving money to the rich and making life harder for the poor, and now muddying up the Constitution with unnecessary amendments to "protect" marriage from same sex couples who want to uphold the tenets of marriage. Economic strain is the number one cause of difficulties in marriage. If President Bush and our Republican Senators and Representatives want to protect marriage - how about a living wage, jobs, and health care to relieve the financial strain on our citizens instead of wasting time with amendments to the Constitution that will do nothing but take away more rights of citizens. If religious organizations do no agree with same sex marriage, they do not have to bless these relationships. Maybe while we are busy with this we should separate civil unions and religious ceremonies rather than installing the beliefs of religious groups into the Constitution.