Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he would vote for the federal "Marriage Protection Act" when it is heard before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday.Actually, Senator, unless you are confusing the senate and the judiciary, I think you mean you want a day for people like yourself to demonize and villify gay people on the senate floor.
While Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he opposes the ban on gay marriages, he agrees with conservative senators that the measure should be voted before the full Senate. So he will support the bill in the subcommittee, bringing it one step closer to a vote before all 100 senators.
The Senate panel on 'Constitutional, Civil Rights and Property Rights,' which will hold the vote, is made up of 5 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Many gay rights leaders were hoping the moderate Specter would oppose the measure and kill it for the year. But Specter said the bill's supporters, including Kansas Republican Sam Brownback, deserve their "day in court."
Hmmm. I wonder if the GOP is losing its confidence that they can't reliably win elections without a big dose of anti-gay demagoguery? I challenge them to try an election cycle or two without it, see how they do.