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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2005
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Marriage ban nothing but political statement

Alabama has had a law that bans gay marriages since 1998, but legislators see political gold in re-emphasizing their opposition to such human behavior.

The existing law works, but legislative sponsors of the ban also want a constitutional amendment against these marriages. The state Senate voted 35-0 Tuesday for the amendment, making it the first bill to pass in this new session. The House already passed its version of the bill on an 85-7 vote.

Calling for the amendment and having it pass both houses so quickly sends a strong message to voters that legislators have their priorities right. The votes also are a form of gay bashing that isn't necessary.

"It will be a safeguard for future generations," is the most recent ridiculous thing to come from state Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville.

Homosexuality has been around for some time now and the world's population still grows. Future generations don't need such a safeguard because people are not clamoring to take up a gay lifestyle. And if they were, this ban would do nothing to stop them.

Some people think it is their Christian duty to keep homosexuals corralled, while some people are obviously afraid of them. Then, there are the politicians who couldn't resist passing the marriage ban to show they are on the right side in this moral and political issue.

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