Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Next Verse, Same As The First...

Since the House version of the Federal Marriage Amendment on Tuesday met the same fate as the Senate version -- though with a clear majority -- I reprise my earlier take on the amendment.

Meanwhile, see how your Member of Congress voted

In terms of "hmmm, that's interesting," note how Ohio House Democrats Sherrod Brown and Ted Strickland -- running for Senate and Governor respectively -- both managed
to skip the vote on the amendment. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that Ohio voters two years ago passed a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, could it? There's a profile in courage!

Another Democrat running statewide, Harold Ford in Tennessee, voted for it.

Twenty-seven Republicans
voted "No" -- the only ones south of the Mason-Dixon line being Ron Paul from Texas and FOUR Floridians -- Mark Foley and the three Cuban-Americans, Iliana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balert. Oh, yeah, and the lone out-GOPer, Jim Kolbe from Arizona (technically below the Mason-Dixon line). John Sweeney was the lone New York Republican voting "No."

By the way, the Post database is really cool: You can even check the member vote by astrological sign!

It seems that Geminis are the most (take your pick) traditionalist/homophobic(33-14 in favor of the amendment). Scorpios are the most (take your pick) tolerant/deviant freaks (12-17 against the amendment (more signs had greater total "No" votes, but a greater percentage of, ahem, us Scorps voted against).

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