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September 14, 2005


It was kind of an interesting vote on that amendment to Sensennbrenner's bill, because it only got 30 Republican votes. Certainly didn't fit Hastert's belief that what should come up for votes are only those measures that have the support of a majority of the majority.

Typically halfway progressive measures are tacked on to Senate bills, and then stripped out by the House. I can't think of too many examples in the reverse, where the Senate made something worse. And I suspect this bill will go through Specter's committee, and I doubt he would support stripping the provision from the bill. So, assuming the entire bill is going to move in the Senate, I'm actually mildly optimistic it could become law.

Thanks, JamesB3, for giving us two specks of sunshine in what lately has been a pretty dark sky.

It is refreshing to learn that, unlike all the angry predictions of the anti-gay right, there was no conservative backlash against the legalization of marriage for all in Massachussetts. Or at least, it's a lot weaker than perhaps any of us thought or feared it would be.


Hopefully this will sway a few voters up heah in Maine, where we have yet another referendum, an attempted 'People's Veto' of 'An Act to Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation'.


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