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Danforth: Ban on gay marriage a silly idea
Houston Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2006 | Associated Press

Posted on 04/30/2006 4:25:57 PM PDT by DBeers

Danforth: Ban on Gay Marriage a Silly Idea

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. John Danforth says a conservative push to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment is silly, calling it the latest example of how the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the GOP.

Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, made the comments in a speech Saturday night to the Log Cabin Republicans, which support gay rights. He said history has shown that attempts to regulate human behavior with constitutional amendments are misguided.

"Once before, the Constitution was amended to try to deal with matters of human behavior; that was prohibition. That was such a flop that that was repealed 13 years later," Danforth said.

Referring to the marriage amendment, he added that perhaps at some point in history there was a constitutional amendment proposed that was "sillier than this one, but I don't know of one."

The Senate is scheduled to vote in June on a constitutional amendment that its supporters hope will head off any decision in the federal courts that could legalize gay marriage. The measure would need to be approved by two-thirds of those voting in the House and Senate and then be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures.

But Danforth said he is opposed. "The basic concept of the Republican Party is to interpret the Constitution narrowly, not expansively, so that legislatures, and especially state legislatures, can work out over a period of time the social issues in our country," he said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Missouri
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1 posted on 04/30/2006 4:25:59 PM PDT by DBeers
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To: DBeers

Danforth was always wishy-washy on some things but he's become a full-fledged liberal, it seems.


2 posted on 04/30/2006 4:29:20 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: DBeers

Do the majority of Episcopals even believe in the Bible anymore!?

Anyways, Danforth is a RINO, he was a RINO in the senate, and he hasn't worked a day in his life, he is spoiled, he comes from a rich family, and was rarely a practicing pastor, he was in elected office almost all of his life. I resent everyone like him.


3 posted on 04/30/2006 4:29:30 PM PDT by John Geyer
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Log Cabin Republicans

Ah yes. Christians who support traditional marriage are hurting the GOP, but butt-packers disguised as Republicans aren't.


4 posted on 04/30/2006 4:31:16 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Remove card rapidly)
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To: DBeers

Opposition to "homosexual marriage" wins over more Democrats and Independents to the Republican cause that any other issue.

If we lose a few enemies from within as a result, that's a good thing.


5 posted on 04/30/2006 4:31:55 PM PDT by FormerLib ("...the past ten years in Kosovo will be replayed here in what some call Aztlan.")
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To: DBeers

I have to agree here, this is a state issue and should not be molested by the federal government like abortion was.


6 posted on 04/30/2006 4:32:28 PM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by there fruity little club.)
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To: DBeers

####Former Sen. John Danforth says a conservative push to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment is silly, calling it the latest example of how the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the GOP.####


Oh sure! It's political suicide for the GOP to back a proposal that has won every time it's been placed on a referendum ballot, always by at least a comfortable margin and usually by a huge margin. GOP support for traditional marriage must be the cause of the current low polling numbers for President Bush and the Republican congress. It surely has nothing to do with their embrace of amnesty for illegal aliens, an idea Danforth would not doubt endorse.


7 posted on 04/30/2006 4:32:54 PM PDT by puroresu (Conservatism is an observation; Liberalism is an ideology)
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To: DBeers
Danforth will get to be among the first in line explaining himself according to IIPeter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God???
8 posted on 04/30/2006 4:33:00 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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I've never heard of them, but is there a list of members of the Log Cabin Republicans?


9 posted on 04/30/2006 4:33:38 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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not doubt = no doubt. TYPO!


10 posted on 04/30/2006 4:34:17 PM PDT by puroresu (Conservatism is an observation; Liberalism is an ideology)
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To: DBeers

Danforth is why I left Missouri


11 posted on 04/30/2006 4:35:15 PM PDT by Pit1
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To: spikeytx86
I have to agree here, this is a state issue and should not be molested by the federal government like abortion was.

Hello...rouge judges have legislated from the bench and miraculously discovered a clause that gays and lesbians can be married. That is why a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages is being discussed in the first place.

Danforth doesn't know what he's talking about. Anyone who gives a speech to the LCR is not a conservative.

12 posted on 04/30/2006 4:35:32 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Remove card rapidly)
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To: DBeers

More mushy RINO crap.

What fire?

Where's Waco?

What's a few burned up women and children when someone has violated ATF regs?


13 posted on 04/30/2006 4:35:50 PM PDT by wardaddy (MALDEF and LULAC have infested this forum....as if RINOS weren't bad enough)
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To: JohnnyZ

If he is a real priest the Pope is Protestant. He is a politician first and foremost. You can tell by the B/S he spews.


14 posted on 04/30/2006 4:36:36 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: mtbopfuyn
I've never heard of them, but is there a list of members of the Log Cabin Republicans?

They're not Republicans, they're a bunch of liberal infiltrators trying to water down the GOP, just like the Soros-funded Main Street Republicans and Republicans for Choice are doing.

15 posted on 04/30/2006 4:38:01 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Remove card rapidly)
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To: DBeers

I bet I know which mountain the log cabin is on.


16 posted on 04/30/2006 4:39:39 PM PDT by badpacifist (heavy sarcasm)
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To: DBeers

John Danforth is practicing heresy when he says that. He must be pandering to the homosexuals because he has got to know better. Why would he want to mock marriage? Or does he not know what is going on here in this attempt to dissolve traditional marriage? He is playing into the Marxist playbook and our country slips into socialism.


17 posted on 04/30/2006 4:40:52 PM PDT by olezip
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It wasn't easy building that log cabin. They forced the logs into the wrong openings.


18 posted on 04/30/2006 4:41:42 PM PDT by puroresu (Conservatism is an observation; Liberalism is an ideology)
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To: DBeers

Danforth also supports embryonic stem cell research. His is an odd theology.


19 posted on 04/30/2006 4:41:42 PM PDT by Bahbah (God bless Tony Snow)
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20 posted on 04/30/2006 4:42:12 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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