Saturday, June 28, 2008

Arizona Marriage Amendment Update - Bee Droppings - By Mark R. Kerr

According to the Arizona Daily Star article on the Marriage Amendment vote:

"(Arizona Senate President Tim) Bee, who had been the original sponsor of the Gay-marriage measure in January, delayed a vote all session, a move social conservatives criticized. Although he voted for the measure in the end, he lambasted the bill's crafters, a lobbying group called the Center for Arizona Policy. He called the process 'divisive.'

"I've been extremely disappointed in those who have been lobbying on behalf of this issue," Bee said. 'They've confronted members in hostile ways and threatened and coerced them.'"

So Bee caved into the pressure, allowing a vote on a divisive issue - being the deciding vote, but still expressed his disappointment over the tactics. To quote one of his supporters, Arizona Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, "that's not leadership we can believe in."

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