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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Is the Right Headed for a Same Sex Smackdown?

(Keywords: , , , giving the right a black eye )

Wow. isn't pulling any punches.

The so-called Defense of Marriage Acts/Amendments (DOMAs) will be back on the ballots in some 10 states this fall.

In Wisconsin—the first state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation—the Rovian gay-bashing amendment is doomed.

Here's hoping they're right. I've always been proud of the fact that Wisconsin was the first state to recognize that discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong. I hope to be a citizen of the first state to defeat this bigotted push to amend state constitutions.

Check out for more comprehensive info than I'm able to give here. On a page titled, Why We Will Defeat the Ban, they write, "Wisconsin voters know gay people as their leaders not just abstract stereotypes. State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), state Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison), and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison), and local officials fight for Wisconsin families every day."

Tammy Baldwin is the first openly lesbian woman elected to congress, she was also the first lesbian to address the Democratic National Convention in 2004. When voters had the opportunity to fill the state assembly seat she vacated for congress, we chose Mark Pocan. Russ Feingold has come out in support of same sex marriage. His website reads, "The proposed ban on civil unions and marriage is a mean-spirited attempt to divide Wisconsin and I indicated that it should be defeated." People here listen to Russ, because he listens to us.

Here's hoping this wedge issue blows up in the right's face. And here's hoping it happens in Wisconsin.