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Thursday, July 15, 2004

do they not have anything better to do?


Opponents promote backup plan
Seth Seymour


As some Hoosiers praised the defeat of a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Indiana conservatives turned to a backup plan.

"We're going to keep fighting," said Curt Smith, executive director of Indiana Family Institute, a group opposed to gay marriage.

Reacting to the failed amendment, U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, a Wadesville Republican, is pushing even harder for the bill he introduced last year: the Marriage Protection Act.
It is not as strong as the proposed amendment, but the bill would prevent federal courts from forcing states to recognize gay marriages from other states.

"Indiana determines what marriages it will recognize," said Michael Jahr, spokesman for the congressman. "At this point, the state does not want to accept same-sex relationships."



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Log Cabin Declares Victory Over Radical Right on Anti-Family Amendment
Supporters of FMA Afraid to Vote on Actual Amendment



Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 15, 2004 -- Today's procedural vote in the United States Senate on the anti-family Federal Marriage Amendment is an overwhelming defeat for the radical right. "This is a victory for principle over politics, hope over fear, and real family values over anti-gay propaganda," said Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero.

"As many as 60 Senators were prepared to vote against the amendment. Rather than face certain defeat, the radical right took the easy way out—by turning this into a largely party-line procedural vote. For six months, the radical right has been clamoring for an up or down vote. Today they are hiding behind a procedural vote because their campaign to write discrimination into the American Constitution has been an unqualified failure," said Guerriero.

"Proponents of the FMA didn't have the courage to allow an up or down vote on their anti-gay proposal because they didn't want to face an overwhelming defeat" said Log Cabin Political Director Chris Barron.

In a moving floor speech on Tuesday night, Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona denounced the anti-family FMA, "[the constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans." Senator McCain attacked this discriminatory amendment because, "[it usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them."



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George W. Bush: Presidential or pathological?
New book puts 'Bush on the Couch'
Arianna Huffington


Presidential or pathological? That's the highly provocative question being asked in "Bush on the Couch," a new book in which psychoanalyst and George Washington University professor Dr. Justin Frank uses the president's public pronouncements and behavior, along with biographical data, to craft a comprehensive psychological profile of Bush 43.

It's not a pretty picture, but it goes a long way in explaining how exactly our country got itself into the mess we are in: an intractable war, the loss of allies and international goodwill, a half-trillion-dollar deficit.

Poking around in the presidential psyche, Frank uncovers a man suffering from megalomania, paranoia, a false sense of omnipotence, an inability to manage his emotions, a lifelong need to defy authority, an unresolved love-hate relationship with his father, and the repercussions of a history of untreated alcohol abuse.

Other than that, George Bush is the picture of psychological health.


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