Last week, Republicans in the Arizona legislature introduced a bill that would define marriage as being "between one man and one woman." How silly is that, seeing as Arizona already has a law that prohibits same-sex marriage? I thought that lightning couldn't strike the same place twice.
Apparently it can, especially when many conservative voters are vowing to stay home on election day to protest what Mike Huckabee has called John McCain's coronation. And we all know nothing gets conservatives to the polls like an anti-gay initiative.
According to the Arizona Republic:
House Speaker Jim Weiers said the measure will just put current state law in the Constitution so that it withstands any future legal or legislative challenges.
"I don't know why people should be objecting to this," he said.
But some Democrats question the need for the constitutional amendment because the state law has been upheld by the courts. They say the measure is about driving GOP turnout in the 2008 election.
"This is obviously a political ploy to rally a wing of the Republican Party that can't rally themselves for something positive," said Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson. Aboud, a lesbian, has introduced a bill to create state-recognized domestic partnerships, which is unlikely to even get a hearing. "This is their attempt to raise the turnout in November, and who is the lucky recipient of the ultraconservative movement? This is about getting out the base. They get out their base by ... promoting fear and hate instead of compassion and inclusion and understanding."
Yeah for redundancy and fearmongering. Now if my elected "representatives" would just get around to balancing the state budget, I could rest a little easier.