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Same-sex marriage battle lines being drawn
.....But critics dismiss the scheduled vote as an election-year ploy simply designed to rally social conservatives during the run-up to the November elections.
"They have a very fractured base of people in their party who are not rallying around this as they were in 2004," said Brad Luna (yah think so, Brad?, just keep smiling), spokesman for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. "I think the American people see this for what it is. They see this as a political ploy. They have issues very critical to their daily lives that this Congress has decided to toss aside (in order to) bring up a discriminatory amendment to the constitution. That will backfire."
...."It’s not surprising that some Republican leaders want to distract Americans from crises that really threaten our families and values – unfair tax policies and a runaway deficit, a culture of corruption and lack of accountability for lawbreaking at the highest levels of our government, the neglect of children and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and more," Mincberg said. "But writing discrimination into our sacred charter of freedom for short-term political gain shows a basic lack of decency."
...Dobson made the same point more personally in a series of private meetings with top Republicans, according to people present for or briefed on the meetings.
Among those he met with were Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser; Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader in the Senate; Representative J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, the speaker of the House; and Representative John Boehner of Ohio, the House majority leader
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