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"A Hopeful and Decent Society"

Of all the doublethink from the Bush Administration -- the war is going well, the economy is great, and so on -- this latest has to be the worst of all:

President Bush will renew a quest in his second term for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as essential to a "hopeful and decent" society, his top political aide said on Sunday...

"If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal, and the ideal is that marriage ought to be, and should be, a union of a man and a woman," Bush political aide Karl Rove told "Fox News Sunday."

So let me see if I have this straight: by amending the Constitution to preemptively take away rights from a class of citizens -- something never before done in our nation's history -- Republicans will create a "hopeful and decent society."

The truly frightening thing is that given the passage of all 11 anti-gay marriage state ballot initiatives last week, I'd say there's a good chance the President and Karl Rove -- the Republicans' Clarence Beeks -- will get their way.

What is happening to my country?


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I think it's exceeding unlikely that the constitutional amendment will pass. All amendments to date have gone the standard route of getting a two-thirds vote in Congress and then passage by three quarters of the states. Even in the House, there isn't close to a two-thirds majority for this one, and in the Senate I doubt it'd even get a majority at all.

This could conceivably pass if it used the state convention method, but nobody's ever done that and no one has any idea how that would work.

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