Monday, July 11, 2005

Profiles in Republican Courage, Part Two

Something historic has happened in Oregon. Just months after the state's citizens passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, the state Senate passed a civil unions bill. The Republican angle here is that two Republicans were among the sponsors. Take a gander at the floor speeches of Senators Ben Westlund and Frank Morse. When you read these speeches, I remember two principles that the GOP seems to have forgotten: freedom and equality. These two heroes remind us that is what this is all about. It's also wonderful to read Mr. Morse's speech because of the positive religious language.

It's very likely the bill may stall in the House where the Republican speaker has vowed not to bring it to vote. Another voice of intolerance may win this battle, but with these two brave men and Russ Potts in Virginia, the war for gay equality, especially in the Republican party is far from over.


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