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Thursday, April 01, 2004

I read an article in the Springfield News Leader regarding a constitutional amendment in Missouri to ban gay-marriages. This quote spoke to me:

Rep. Mark Wright, R-Springfield, is among the amendment supporters. He said during floor debate Wednesday that he doesn't understand how the proposed amendment can take away something that gay couples never had.

"If our Founding Fathers had at any time thought that it was possible that marriages (might) take place between same-sex couples, you don't think for one minute they would have clarified it in the U.S. Constitution or our state constitution?" he said. "You better believe they would have."

I imagine in the post revolutionary US/pre-civil war US a debate raged and a congressman was quoted something like this:

Rep. Mark Wright, R-Springfield, is among the amendment supporters. He said during floor debate Wednesday that he doesn't understand how the proposed amendment can take away something that black people never had.

"If our Founding Fathers had at any time thought that it was possible that a black man could be free and vote, you don't think for one minute they would have clarified it in the U.S. Constitution or our state constitution?" he said. "You better believe they would have."


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