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whatever else you may think of the man, this is bang on target in my book...
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Transcript of Remarks by Congressman Jim Moran on the Marriage Amendment in July, 2006 (House of Representatives)

Mr. Moran VA:

We have a conflagration in the Middle East today as we speak. We have raised the debt ceiling four times to over $9 trillion and we're going to pass it all on to our kids, and this is how the Republican congressional leadership chooses to spend its time.

Nobody's marriage is endangered. This is crazy. What this is really about and what this amendment should be entitled is the "Gay Discrimination Act." That's all it is.

And what's its motivation? It's a crass political attempt to divide America in an election year. That's what this is all about. We know it, and I suspect a lot of the American people know it as well.

But you're using the Constitution to do so. Our founding fathers put together the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in order to protect and enhance individual rights and liberties. And this goes directly counter to what our Constitution is all about, prohibiting, limiting individual rights. They talked about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But all you can think about are ways to make life more difficult for people who don't fall into the mainstream of America. That's not what America is about.

This amendment needs to be defeated and we need to stand up for human rights, for civil rights, and for states' rights. We know it's never going to get passed. It's never going to get enacted and we shouldn't be spending our time talking about it. We shouldn't be spending our time trying to seek political gain at the expense of people who want to live committed lives with each other. That's not endangering anybody. That's what America ought to be about and what our founding fathers wanted America to be about.

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Thanks, snolan (to anyone who knows him, it's not surprising he has a better read on the state of politics in VA than I do. ;-)

I am so looking forward to the fall elections...

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