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Wide Stance Larry and Canal Street Dave speak out for Republican family values.

Hoping to bring the ignorant and intolerant out to the polls in November, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi has introduced Joint Resolution 43, proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Most of the co-sponsors are usual suspects ― Wayne Allard, Sam Brownback, Michael Enzi, James Inhofe, Pat Robers, Richard Shelby, and John Thune ― but two of the co-sponsors really stand out.

Wide Stance Larry CraigSenator Larry Craig of Idaho, best known for soliciting a sexual encounter with an undercover cop in a Minneapolis airport restroom, stands forth to defend the institution of marriage against those nasty homosexuals. Because, after all, he’s an traditional kind of guy who believes that gay sex belongs in a public restroom, not in the home. Wide Stance’s values are so traditional that he nearly had a seizure over the Monica Lewinsky scandal: “The American people already know that Bill Clinton is a bad boy – a naughty boy. I’m going to speak out for the citizens of my state, who in the majority think that Bill Clinton is probably even a nasty, bad, naughty boy.” Nasty and bad, indeed. You can bet Wide Stance never cheated on his wife Suzanne ― not with another woman, anyway.

Canal Street Dave VitterAnother defender of traditional values is Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, famous mostly for being a client of the late D.C. Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, as well as the Canal Street Madam, Jeannette Maier. Canal Street Dave has bravely stepped forward to oppose same-sex marriage because, you know, letting queers get married would threaten his traditional marriage much more than his long-term business relationship with prostitute Wendy Cortez ― a relationship for which, Vitter assures us, God has forgiven him. So who are you to criticize?

 

See also:

S.J.Res.43 (THOMAS)

The Federal Marriage Amendment is back — with Vitter’s and Craig’s support (The Carpetbagger Report)


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Arizona flagSupporters of equality had hoped to keep the measure off the ballot, but on Friday the Arizona Senate rushed through the passage of SCR 1042, meaning Arizona voters will vote on a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage. The resolution had failed to get enough votes on Wednesday, but was put to another vote Friday thanks to the maneuvers of Republican Senator Jack Harper, who halted debate on other bills to allow a vote on SCR-1042. This time, it passed by a vote of 16 to 4, garnering exactly the minimum number of votes required to place it on the ballot.

Senator John McCain has supported the anti-gay amendment, but we can still hope the people of Arizona will do the right thing again, as they did in 2006 when they rejected a similar constitutional amendment.

Here’s the breakdown of Friday’s vote:

The Good (Voted No):
*Paula Aboud (Democrat)
*Meg Burton Cahill (Democrat)
*Ken Cheuvront (Democrat)
*Jorge Luis Garcia (Democrat)

The Bad (Voted Yes):
Sylvia Allen (Republican)
Timothy S. Bee (Republican)
Robert Blendu (Republican)
Robert Burns (Republican)
Pamela Gorman (Republican)
Ron Gould (Republican)
Chuck Gray (Republican)
*Linda Gray (Republican)
Jack Harper (Republican)
John Huppenthal (Republican)
Karen Johnson (Republican)
Barbara Leff (Republican)
Tom O’Halleran (Republican)
Jay Tibshraeny (Republican)
Thayer Verschoor (Republican)
Jim Waring (Republican)

The Ugly (Not Voting):
*Amanda Aguirre (Democrat)
*Carolyn S. Allen (Republican)
*Marsha Arzberger (Democrat)
*Albert Hale (Democrat)
Leah Landrum Taylor (Democrat)
*Debbie McCune Davis (Democrat)
Richard Miranda (Democrat)
*Charlene Pesquiera (Democrat)
Rebecca Rios (Democrat)
Victor Soltero (Democrat)

*Voted No on Wednesday.

Contact information for Arizona Senators can be found here: Member Roster.

The President of the Senate, Tim Bee, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Representative Gabrielle Giffords. I’m sure Rep. Giffords would appreciate it if you’d check out her website, and leave a contribution if you’re so inclined. Just click on the image below:

Giffords for Congress

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Legislature puts gay marriage proposal on ballot (Arizona Central)


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A gay pride march planned in Havana yesterday was broken up by police just minutes before it was to have started. Cuba has seen progress toward a freer society since Raul Castro succeeded his brother Fidel as President, but the authorities weren’t quite ready for that. Reports say that two of the organizers have been detained, and Queerty reports that “[s]ome are also saying that police beat organizers.”

Mariela Castro EspinMariela Castro Espín, the President’s daughter and the head of the National Center for Sex Education, has long been an outspoken proponent of gay rights, and held a rally against homophobia last month. However, the pride march scheduled for yesterday had not been officially sanctioned.

Predictably, the Catholic Archdiocese of Havana had objected to the planned march and the government’s growing support for LGBT rights.

The AP reports that the Cuban parliament is studying proposals to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples.

For more information, see:

  • Cuba plans its first gay pride parade. (The Guardian)
  • Cuban church protests support for gay rights (Associated Press)
  • Cuba’s 1st gay pride parade is scrapped (Chicago Tribune)
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