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Pelosi: 'With Gay Marriage Amendment, GOP Attempts to Distract Americans From Record of Failure'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today spoke late this afternoon in strong opposition to a Republican proposal to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage. The House voted 227 to 186, far short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass the amendment. Below are Pelosi's remarks on the House floor:
ADVERTISEMENT"Mr. Speaker, I have been married for over 41 years. I want to hear some applause for that. [Applause.] I am glad to see my Republican colleagues appreciate that wonderful accomplishment. I certainly respect the institution of marriage. As the mother of five and the grandmother of five, I appreciate the value of family. My husband and I value family in our community as a source of strength, and a source of comfort to the people.
"What constitutes that family is an individual and personal decision, but for all, it is a place where people find love and support. As for me, I agree with Vice President Cheney, when he said last month: 'With respect to relationships my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.'
"Mr. Speaker, in the closing days of this Congress, we should be addressing the urgent needs of the American people -- to be secure against the clear and present danger of terrorism, to protect our men and women in uniform whose lives are in the balance in Iraq, and to bring economic prosperity with health care coverage and jobs
West Hollywood Concert By Anti-Gay Singer Cancelled
by Matt Johns
Los Angeles Bureau
(Los Angeles, California) The House of Blues in West Hollywood Thursday announced that it has canceled a concert featuring dancehall reggae star Capleton.
The announcement was made after Lorri Jean, head of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, sent a letter to the company, saying the center was "shocked and disgusted" about next Monday's scheduled appearance by the Jamaican native, whose lyrics called for gays to be hanged, drowned, burned or shot.