Defense of Hypocrisy Act

It’s back, kids! The Defense of Marriage Act is being reintroduced! From The Carpetbagger Report:

Just this week, a group of Republican senators re-introduced the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution, which, as we know, would ban gay marriage.

And once again, the language is pretty straightforward:

Section 1. This article may be cited as the `Marriage Protection Amendment’.

Section 2. Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.’.

But the funny part is looking over the list of the 10 original sponsors. Most of the names are predictable — Brownback and Inhofe, for example — but there are two others whose names stand out: Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Larry Craig (R-Idaho).

Yes, two of the principal sponsors of a constitutional amendment to “protect” marriage include one far-right Republican who hired prostitutes and another far-right Republican who was arrested for soliciting gay sex an airport men’s room.

Original DVD cover.
(From left to right: David Vitter, Wendy Vitter, Larry Craig, Captain Underpants, Vito Fossella, David Dreier)

Here’s the list of the sponsors in the Senate (from THOMAS at the Library of Congress):

Title: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage.
Sponsor: Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] (introduced 6/25/2008) Cosponsors (9)
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2008 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. COSPONSORS(9), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)

Sen Allard, Wayne [CO] – 6/25/2008
Sen Brownback, Sam [KS] – 6/25/2008
Sen Craig, Larry E. [ID] – 6/25/2008
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] – 6/26/2008
Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] – 6/25/2008
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] – 6/25/2008
Sen Shelby, Richard C. [AL] – 6/25/2008
Sen Thune, John [SD] – 6/25/2008
Sen Vitter, David [LA] – 6/25/2008

From the Bay Area Reporter:

It’s back.

The fringe right is trying yet again to amend the United States Constitution to “save” the nation from same-sex marriage. The Marriage Protection Amendment, HJ Res 89, was introduced in the House on May 22.


The lead sponsor is Representative Paul C. Broun (R-Georgia), just about the most junior member of the chamber; he won a special election last July. There are 38 co-sponsors, all Republicans, mainly from safe districts and south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Three notable exceptions are co-sponsors Californians Brian Bilbray, Duncan Hunter, and Gary Miller.

The lead sponsor of earlier incarnations of the amendment, Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colorado) said after the amendment was twice defeated and Democrats regained control of the House that it was useless to pursue the matter further. She is not a co-sponsor of this latest effort.


Progressive members of the House announced formation of the LGBT Equality Caucus on June 4. It is chaired by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), the only two openly gay members of that body.


All but two of the initial 52 members of the caucus are Democrats and they often have unofficially functioned as a caucus on these issues for many years.

And on the campaign front, from ABC News:

Michelle Obama addressed the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council Gala in New York City Thursday night and renewed her husband’s promise to repeal federal policies that she says limit the rights of gays and lesbians.


D.O.M.A stipulates that states are not required to recognize same sex marriages, even if the marriages are recognized in another state. The law also states that the federal government define marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman.


Last week Sen. Obama, D-Ill., told ABC News’ Jake Tapper that while he believes marriage is between a man and a woman, “these are decisions that need to be made at a state and local level.”


Last week McCain reiterated his support for D.O.M.A.

“I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which clearly indicated the unique status of a marriage between man and woman,” McCain said in Arlington, VA. “I will continue to support that, I will continue to have my position.”

Tip of the hat to the lovely and talented Ms. Jenn for pointing me towards the story. Jenn’s birthday was yesterday, dear Raisinettes. Wish her a happy belated one! 😀


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20 responses to “Defense of Hypocrisy Act

  1. jeb

    I support an effort to make every elected official pass a basic civics test. Anyone that does not understand that the first 10 amendments to the constitution are known as the bill of RIGHTS, does not get to take office. Constitutional amendments that restrict rights (gay marriage, flag burning, etc) are just idiotic and downright un-American!

  2. i agree 100%, jeb. i don’t think most of the idiots in congress have ever read the constitution. of course, they also go around telling us what the bible says, but i doubt they have read that either. i always think of the idiot rep. lynn westmoreland on the colbert report. he cosponsored a bill to have the 10 commandments everywhere, but, when asked to list them, he couldn’t. if you didn’t see it, you simply must. the entire thing is abosolutely hilarious:

  3. jeb

    I’ve seen that before Nonnie. I didn’t know if it was funny or sad. I mean the guy couldn’t even name one. I’m not a church going guy but I think I could rattle off a few from the top of my head. Do these people attend some kind of hypocrisy school?

  4. jeb,
    i have never ever read the bible (though, for some reason, i seem to do well in that category when i watch jeopardy), and i can name most if not all of them. beyond that, though, did you listen to the guy’s grammar? i know that some of it might have been to display some false southern charm, but i don’t think he spoke a grammatically correct sentence the entire time! seriously, the guy is an idiot!

  5. nightowl724

    Craig and Vitter???? Hahahahahaha!

    nonnie, I praise your work all the time. You rock. Really. But, sometimes your material practically writes itself! Especially when Rethugs play the “straight men.”

  6. nightowl,
    if anyone asks you the definition of chutzpah, tell them about diaper-dave vitter, tappin’ larry craig, vito family values fossella, david i’m not gay but i have been living with a man for years and years dreier, and captain screwing-around-on-his-first-wife-with-a-millionaire’s-daughter underpants all voting for doma. this is chutzpah to the nth degree!

  7. nightowl724

    How do they do it? I mean it. They have to be crazy to so blatantly say one thing and do another. Furthermore, how do they get away with it? Those who vote for them must be nuts, too.

    PS Terrific title…

  8. jlms qkw - jenn

    nonnie, this is really hilarious!

    remember that movie, the first wives’ club? a political cartoonist did a take off with

    the first mrs dole, the first mrs reagan, the first mrs. gingrich, etc.

    do you even have wendy’s leopard print? primo!

    what did dreier do?

    and thanks for fitting vito in. he’s the expert, lol!

  9. nightowl,
    they take risks, because they think they will get away with hit. they must think of themselves as very powerful people who don’t have to answer to anyone. that’s why it’s so much fun when they get caught. they all grew up, as we did, in an era when all of the personal stuff was off limits. times have changed, all due to their rethuglican brethren. there is a storehouse of rethug petards that they are being hoisted upon in droves. and it’s so much fun to watch! 😆

  10. jenn,
    i am so glad that you approve. i was hoping you would like the movie i chose. i did a poster of the first wives club. let me think where i used it. here it is!
    david dreier has lived with his male chief of staff (no pun intended) for many, many, many years. the guy’s name is brad smith, and he is the highest paid staffer on the hill. from raw story:

    Smith’s high salary has also raised eyebrows. During the last reporting period, Smith made $156,600, just $400 shy of the highest paid White House staff member, Assistant to the President Karl Rove, who made $157,000. It is also $400 less than President George W. Bush’s chief of staff, Andrew Card, who receives an annual salary of $157,000.

    By comparison, the chief of staff to Bill Young, who chairs the even more prominent House Appropriations Committee, makes $151,956, more than $4,600 less than Smith. The chief of staff to Republican James Sensenbrenner, Jr., who chairs the House Committee on the Judiciary, made $126,000. The chief of staff to the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, made $100,696.

    dreier has voted against gay adoption and doma.

  11. jeb

    Gee, I wonder if Dreier keeps a picture of J. Edgar on the wall?

  12. 😆 i find it quite amazing how the press has no problem whatsoever flapping their lips when they find out that a pol has a mistress or visits hookers, but when it comes to them being gay, they get skittish. larry craig was a different story since he got arrested, but you don’t hear a word about dreier or dennis hastert, another one with a long-term make roommate. there had been rumors for decades about mark foley and charlie crist being gay, but the papers down here didn’t say a word about foley until the page scandal, and they still haven’t said a word about suntan charlie. instead, they blabbered on and on about how he was dating a former mrs. floriduhhhh. can you say beard? i kinda wish that capt. underpants will pick crist for his running mate so that all the speculation can be announced to the entire country instead of just to floridiots.

  13. jeb

    Mark Foley was gay?

    Seriously, I never heard that about Crist. I don’t know much about him since I haven’t lived in Florida since the early 80’s. I do think though that in Crist will not be chosen by McCain. They figure he’s got Florida and they also would be wary of adding another gray head on their ticket. They need to project an image of youth to counterbalance CU. I suspect Crist would get tossed a cabinet bone as a payoff for delivering Florida in the rethug primary.

  14. jeb,
    here’s some interesting stuff that i didn’t know about until now:

    crist is in his early 50’s, and next to capt underpants, he will look like a spring chicken. i think that you are right, and the rethugs won’t take a chance on charlie’s past coming out (not sure if pun was intended or not). i am sure that charlie will grab onto any bone (ditto about the pun) thrown him. the impression i have always had about him is that he is lazy. he seems to have an air of entitlement, so why should he work hard (see pun disclaimers above) when he can have others do it for him?

  15. nightowl724

    nonnie9999 is a very punny girl today!

  16. sometimes you just can’t avoid it, nightowl. 😉

  17. again laughing my ass off

    as for closet case crist
    got engaged
    how convenient

  18. dcAp,
    charlie got engage for the fifth time! that’s according to his own father! you might wonder how i know that. hmmm, perhaps it might be because i was researching for tomorrow’s post?
    p.s. how many asses do you have? this is the second one you have laughed off today.
    p.p.s. how does one laugh one’s ass off. i would watch marx brothers’ movies all day long if i knew my ass would disappear. however, if it keeps growing back, as yours seems to do, i wonder if the constant disappointment would be worth the few moments of being assless.

  19. senseOfReason

    I support the Ammendment that you’re talking about. I think it makes perfect sense to want to give children a home with a father and a mother.
    I understand the argument that there’s a lot of single parents out there.

  20. welcome to the raisin, senseofreason, 😀
    you are entitled to your opinion, and i am sure a lot of people agree with you. in my opinion, a loving and nurturing home is what is important, and it doesn’t really matter what form it is in.