Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Senator Danforth: Gay Marriage Ban is Silly

Former Republican Senator from Missouri, John Danforth, has weighed in on the idea of amending the constitution to ban gay marriage. Let me give you a hint, he thinks that the idea is not such a good one. This from a story in the Boston Globe.

Former Sen. John Danforth says a conservative push to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment is silly, calling it the latest example of how the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the GOP.

Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, made the comments in a speech Saturday night to the Log Cabin Republicans, which support gay rights. He said history has shown that attempts to regulate human behavior with constitutional amendments are misguided.

"Once before, the Constitution was amended to try to deal with matters of human behavior; that was prohibition. That was such a flop that that was repealed 13 years later," Danforth said.
Referring to the marriage amendment, he added that perhaps at some point in history there was a constitutional amendment proposed that was "sillier than this one, but I don't know of one."

Atlhough Danforth is referring to talk of a constitutional amendment from folks in Washington D.C., I think that his reasoning can also be applied to our own Discrimination Against Gays Amendment here in Wisconsin.

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