Friday, June 27, 2008

On The Federal Front: S.J. Res. 43: - By Mark R. Kerr

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Observer Update) - Legislation to adopt a federal constitutional amendment barring legal and governmental recognition of same-sex relationships has been introduced.

Senate Joint Resolution (S.J. Res.) 43 has been introduced in Congress and has been dubbed the Marriage Protection Amendment which would amend the U.S. Constitution, adding an amendment which reads: "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."

A total of nine Senators have signed onto the Resolution, two of which are the epitome of family values, Senator Larry "Wide Stance" Craig of Idaho and the Men's room at the Minneapolis Airport and "Diaper Dave" Vitter of Louisiana of the D.C. Madam prostitution scandal and countless similar affairs in the Bayou State.

Craig, who entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, was detained and charged for attempting to engage in sexual activity with a male undercover police officer. His arrest and plea became public two months later. At that time, Craig attempted to withdraw his plea and enter a new plea of not guilty. To date, his efforts have been denied by the courts.

In July of 2007, Vitter was identified as a client of a prostitution firm owned by the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey, commonly known as The DC Madam. With a Democratic controlled Congress it is unlikely the bill will be brought up for a vote in either the Senate or House of Representatives.

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