Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Big Labor, Pretty in Pink

Indiana Congressman John Hostetler, one of my favorites on the Hill, introduced the Marriage Protection Act which if enacted will prevent federal courts from hearing challenges to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Similar legislation passed in the House last July by a 233-194 vote, but the measure failed to gain passage in the Senate.

In a written statement from his office Hostetler said, "Recognizing that marriage is a divinely ordained institution — not a social experiment to be reinvented and redefined by a handful of [non-elected] ideologues of the federal judiciary — I am introducing legislation to limit the federal courts’ ability to set a national precedent that undermines marriage as we know it."

Hostetler's legislation is the most reasonable way to handle the homosexualitst assault on marriage, and hence it will go nowhere. Republicans aren't concerned about actually solving the problem, they are more interested in ginning up the conservative base at election time and then treating them like a jilted spouse by the second week of November.

But what really started my head shaking was the reaction of Big Labor to Hostetler's legislation. The AFL-CIO has passed passed a resolution titled "Support for the Full Inclusion & Equal Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People in the Workplace." Now that's a mouth-full!

The AFL-CIO isn't the only labor union to come out for "equal marriage rights." The Service Workers Employees International Union (SEIU) and the United Farm Workers Union, also passed similar resolutions last summer.

This isn't your father's labor union.


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