Call your Senators today and oppose this waste-of-time Marriage Protection Amendment. You can find numbers for your Senators here. If you are from PA, flood Specter with calls in his regional offices since this is coming out of his committee.
Bill Frist published an op-ed in the Boston Herald today defending this bigoted amendment, proposed at a time where Iraq is a disaster, Iran is seeking out nuclear weapons . . . seems to me there are far more important issues to worry about than "protecting marriage."
Let's go through this op-ed line by line, shall we?
Of course, for his logic to make any sense, you have to assume that the sole purpose for getting married is to "protect children." But, even if you do think this is the sole reason to get married, the empirical evidence does not support this allegation.
I would caution Senator Frist from assuming that what some voters want is an indication that something is true. There are plenty of examples of legislation that promoted things that were either morally wrong--Slavery, Segregation, Denial of Female Suffrage--or that are based in shoddy research--the recent Dover decision.
Frist of course is totally in synch and respects what the people want--e.g. Terry Schiavo. But, seriously, where does it say in the constitution that marriage is between a man and woman? Oh right, nowhere! Which is why it is not inconceivable for the MA Supreme Court to find any laws restricting the right or marriage, especially in light of the 14th Amendment, a reasonable judgment. The only activists I see working their tails off to deprive the people of a real debate in this country are the Right Wing.
Honestly, this kind of bullshit makes me wonder how this man got a M.D. from Harvard. This is a classic example of PROPAGANDA. The Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) is unambiguously a violation of religious freedom, is a piece of ACTIVIST legislation, and is not at all the only means by which to protect families, particularly since it will destroy many families once it is enacted. Suddenly you will have child services ripping children from their families if the parents are not married. Immediately, all the parenting rights of the partner in a civil union will be gone. How is this good for children? Sounds rather horrific, traumatic, and fascist.
What I want to know is why are there so many single parent households? I would like Frist to convince me that the reason that we see so many broken homes is because we have, as a Nation, failed to protect marriage as between a man and woman. Perhaps you find so many single mothers because they fled abusive relationships with men or were abandoned by men . . .? Let's not forget that Murder is the leading cause of death among pregnant women. What is wrong, btw, with a falling marriage rate? If people choose not to get married, doesn't that mean they are following their own best interest? Are you suggesting that we need to legislate that more people marry, even if they are worse off by marriage or choose not to get married? Talk about social engineering (Happy Feminist had a good piece on this)! If people can enjoy the legal rights of marriage without getting married, and therefore choose not to get married, how is that an argument in favor of the MPA? Afterall, aren't you trying to base this argument on popular support? And, show me the statistics on how children are worse in the Nordic countries, Frist. I doubt you can.
Someone clearly hit this guy with the idiot stick. Since when did religious liberty amount to legislative activism intended to narrowly define what marriage should be and thereby prescribe a fundamentalist notion of marriage to all denominations, faiths, agonistics and atheists? Frist needs to take a look at the 1st Amendment again. Furthermore, it seems to me that if the Massachusettes Catholic Charities refuses to let same sex or non-married couples from adopting children, then we should be seriously concerned with how much these organizations value the life of these children. The obvious course to take if such short-sightedness is at work is certainly not the MPA.
No, Bill Frist and the looney Right Wing fringe, who want to impose their values and institutions on the entire nation are the problem. I don't know about you, but I am sick of this propaganda passing for helpful information, useful for making good and responsible decisions in a democracy.