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Virginia House Approves Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

Posted by Average Gay Joe at 7:49 pm - January 17, 2006.
Filed under: Gay Marriage

Hello everyone. Dan and Bruce were kind enough to invite me to guest-blog here at GayPatriot, an invitation I was pleased to accept. A little bit about me, I’m in my 30s, hail from the great Commonwealth of Virginia, I am Catholic, generally conservative and former active-duty military (from a military family). I also run the Average Gay Joe weblog. Beyond all this I’ll save other personal information for later.

Since my time is somewhat limited this week and the story in this article is currently “Big News” in my home state, I decided for my first posting here to use something I put on my own weblog the other day. (GP Ed. Note: Dan and I are happy to welcome AGJ to GayPatriot!!)


From The Washington Blade:

The Virginia House voted 73 to 22 to approve a constitutional amendment banning equal marriage rights for gays. The proposal must be voted on by the Senate and signed by Gov.-elect Tim Kaine (D) before it can go to voters in November.

Kaine spokeswoman Delacey Skinner said that the governor-elect will sign the bill to call for a referendum. Kaine supports the amendment and opposes civil unions, she said. She added that he is interested in discussing measures — to make sure people can still be able to contract with each other.

My prediction: the Senate will likewise approve this proposed amendment, the new Governor will sign it (as his spokesman indicated), and the electorate will endorse it with nearly 60% or more in favor making Virginia the 19th state to constitutionally prohibit gay marriage. It looks like we will be at the half-way mark in support under Article V of the US Constitution for the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. Sad but I believe accurate.

There is one item worth noting: a Democrat governor is going to sign this to put it on the ballot and Virginia, like the other states which adopted such amendments, will find it being passed with majority support from the rank-and-file in both parties (along with independents). I haven’t forgotten that it was a Democrat-controlled Congress which in 1993 passed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and a Democrat president which signed it into law, thus codifying the ban on homosexuals openly serving in the Armed Forces. I seem to recall that the Defense of Marriage Act attracted majority support among Democrats in the Senate, along with a sizable number in the House, and was signed into law by a Democrat president in 1996.

Tell me again just why I should sacrifice my core beliefs for the crumbs the DNC tosses out now and then, all while selling out whomever it takes for it’s insatiable lust for power?

– AverageGayJoe

UPDATE (from GPW): I doubt that gay groups will treat this Democratic governor as harshly as they treated my Republican Governor (Schwarzenegger) who, unlike his Virginia Democratic counterpart, favors civil unions.

Happy Birthday Ben Franklin!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:16 pm - January 17, 2006.
Filed under: American History,General

Bet ya didn’t know that Ben Franklin was the world’s first blogger? (Hat tip: The Smedley Log)

Not so far a stretch, really. He pamphleteered, self-published, delivered colonial dish, news and opinion, sampled other’s work and remixed it into his own mash.

He wrote anonymously, or under pseudonyms. Instead of posting daily, he squirreled away his words and published them in an almanac.

Doesn’t this sound familiar?

Happy Birthday Ben! — Colonial America’s philosopher and conscience who was born 300 years ago today.

[RELATED STORYPete duPont says Mr. Franklin would be firmly on the side of President Bush in NSA- wiretapping-of-terror-suspects debate.

Has President Bush exceeded his constitutional authority or acted illegally in authorizing wiretaps without a warrant on calls between American citizens in the United States and people abroad who are, or are suspected of having ties to, terrorists?

Benjamin Franklin (whose 300th birthday is today) would not have thought so. In 1776 he and his four colleagues on the Continental Congress’s foreign affairs committee (called the Committee of Secret Correspondence) unanimously agreed that they could not tell the Congress about the covert assistance France was giving the American Revolution, because it would be harmful to America if the information leaked, and “we find by fatal experience that Congress consists of too many members to keep secrets.”

(This is such a loser issue for the SurrenderCrats!) ]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Hillary’s Diminishing Stature

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:17 pm - January 17, 2006.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Bush-hatred

While those Americans who appreciated Martin Luther King’s vision honored his day yesterday by focusing on his dream of a color-blind society where “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood,” some saw King’s holiday as an excuse to further political divisions. It seems that most of those voices using divisive and angry rhetoric yesterday came from the political left, including the current “front-runner” (if we can use such a term so far out) in the contest for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, New York’s Junior Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Yesterday, appearing with Reverend Al Sharpton, Mrs. Clinton “compared the Republican-controlled House on Capitol Hill to a ‘plantation’ where opposing views are not tolerated.” Seems this woman is a lot like some of those who criticized my recent post, more eager to offer grandiose slogans than to tell the truth. A White House spokeswoman got it right when she said, “On a day when Americans are focused on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Hillary Clinton is focused on the legacy of Hillary Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton’s comments yesterday, like a good deal of her rhetoric, makes clear that that legacy will not be one of a unifying national leader, but as a vicious left-wing partisan in the tradition of her party’s national chairman. It seems that she is well aware of the power of the angry left in her party’s nominating process and is throwing them red meat in order to strengthen her position in presidential primaries and caucuses. Yet, the more she appeals to them (as she, in my view, reveals her true colors), the more she diminishes her stature.

In contrast to her husband, Mrs. Clinton does not come across as a leader. As I wrote before, he speaks “in velvet tones while her voice is often harsh and frequently screechy.” She has risen in her party’s leadership not because of her own accomplishments, but because of her husband’s political success. Quite in contrast to career of her Senate colleague Elizabeth Dole, the wife of her husband’s 1996 opponent, who met her husband only after building a successful career. (Indeed, had it not been for her professional success, Elizabeth Hanford may never have met then-Senator Robert Dole.)


Queen… Or Something Like It… For A Day

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:00 pm - January 17, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging

Thanks to Dan’s witty post and Instapundit’s “meanie” label… not only did we hit 500,000 unique visitors but we are temporarily also the Number One Political Blog at BlogTopSites.

Kinda cool, eh?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

GayPatriot Hits Half-Million!!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:12 am - January 17, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging

Wow. I never thought this day would ever arrive…. even in my most bravado blogging moments of the past year and a half. What started out as a small labor of love has really turned into a great community in the blogosphere.

Once again, Dan and I (and our new GP family member Nick) would like to stop and thank all of our readers for their awesome support of the GayPatriot blog.

But for this go-round, we would like to especially thank our brothers and sisters in the PajamasMedia blognetwork for embracing us with open keyboards….. and most especially, the InstaProf himself — Glenn Reynolds, for putting us over the half-million mark last night. Thanks, Glenn!

As always, do not hesitate to email Dan, Nick or I with any suggestions, criticisms, or feedback. We strive to keep improving this place all of us call home (for at least a few minutes a day!). And thanks for all of your supportive emails like Steve’s last evening:

Many thanks to Gay Patriot for speaking out. You guys are not only giving voice to gay American conservatives but you are also providing a needed alternative tone to Andrew Sullivan.

Some things to look forward to in the coming weeks: the launch of the GayPatriot Report — our foray into the world of podcasting. (I’m accepting volunteers to help with that…. please email me!)

Happy Tuesday everyone… and thanks again.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)