Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bipartisan, Schmipartisan: By Mark R. Kerr

As posted yesterday, Equality Arizona, the statewide LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) rights group called for a bipartisan investigation over the actions taken by Arizona Senator Jack Harper, R-Surprise, on June 27, the last day of the session, in regard to SCR (Senate Concurrent Resolution) 1042, the legislation forced through putting the proposed state constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot to define marriage as a "union between one man and one woman."

When asked by reporters, current Senate President and Republican Congressional District 8 candidate, Tim Bee, who was the prime sponsor of the original legislation to place an amendment on the ballot and who allowed for SCR 1042 to advance in the Arizona Senate, rejected the call for the formation of a committee, claiming the bipartisan committee would have "no power." (So doesn't this crimp his campaign commercials as a consensus builder and bipartisan?)

On Monday, July 29, a five member Senate committee will be looking into the matter. Can we just guess how this will go?

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