It’s official, two consecutive sessions in a row, the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment in Pennsylvania has failed to move from the Senate. Actually, last year it didn’t make it out of committee. This year it did, but was tabled because the Senate knows that there is virtually no path to approval on the floor.
I must say, I am very proud of one Senator in particular: Vincent Fumo (D-Philadelphia).
Many amendments were added, but his was the only one that really spoke to “protecting marriage.”
“One of the amendments was by Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia, who proposed that Pennsylvania outlaw most divorces. His amendment would “outlaw the dissolution of most marriages in Pennsylvania,” he said in a news release. That would mean there would be few legal ways for the divorce of a married couple, a man and a woman.”
Finally, some one is paying attention to the ridiculous nature of these amendments. They are not designed to protect marriage, they are put to paper souly for the purpose of legitimizing and legalizing bigotry! There is no person that has ever demonstrated how my relationship is a threat to the marriage of Bill and Jane Heterosexual couple?!
Now, perhaps the state will focus it’s attention on the real problems that we have to deal with her. Any politician that allows himself to be sucked into this debate on marriage has completely lost sight of the priorities of our state and it’s citizens! Hate has no place in our founding documents. That is counter to who we are as a Commonwealth, and who we are as a nation! Equality knows no gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, or other defining characteristic. Adding those criteria by definition eliminate the equality. Instead you have state sponsored hate, bias, and discrimination. That is not something the America I love does. It’s something we as Americans fight against in other nations in the world.
It is high time that others like Fumo stand up and point out exactly how stupid this debate is, how wasteful it is, and how it is hate-based at it’s core. I think most Americans believe this, but the minority is highly vocal, and that always keeps the attention the average politician.