Sunday, October 23, 2005

Congressional Panel Renews Federal Effort to Outlaw Gay Marriages

Conservative members of Congress are renewing efforts to outlaw gay marriage through an amendment to the United States Constitution. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, the Republican chairman of a panel studying the proposed amendment, said Congress is racing against “imminent” action by “activist” judges to legalize gay marriage.  Boston College Law School Professor Scott FitzGibbon testified  before the panel that he has “grave concerns” about the “social and moral effects that have begun to emerge” since gay marriage became legal.  He argued an amendment is needed, citing the “indoctrination” of gay marriage in public schools and the “deconstruction” of marriage's definition.  He also argued that teachers are now worried about debating the pros and cons of gay marriage with their students, citing a memo by Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Thomas Payzant that called gay marriage a “historic moment.”  The new marriage law, he said, creates an “icy chilling of discourse.” Georgetown University Law Center Professor Louis Michael Seidman, said the amendment is “sloppily” written and would thus grant federal judges “unchecked power” to interpret it.  Source. Evan Lehmann, Lowell Sun, Lowellsun.com.For more information, please click here (last visited October 23, 2005, reo).

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