State and federal legislative notes

Item 1: As a follow-up to my earlier post on the “under God” resolution in the South Dakota legislature, it appears no state Senator was willing to stand up and be counted.

Item 2: I see Thune is co-sponsoring a bill that would propose an amendment to the US Constitution banning gay marriage. I will say it again: this issue is nothing more than a bogeyman and pandering to the religious right (which is, of course, his “base”).

UPDATE: Just noted the NY Times reports the religious right evidently is ready to play hardball: “A coalition of major conservative Christian groups is threatening to withhold support for President Bush’s plans to remake Social Security unless Mr. Bush vigorously champions a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.” While I doubt Bush’s Social Security plan is going anywhere realistically, threatening his primary domestic issue shows these Christians know how to go right for the heart.

Item 3: Anyone else find it the least bit ironic that while the GOP is the prime mover to ban gay marriage and abortion, part of its concern about South Dakota’s proposed smoking ban is that the government is making decisions that should be left to individuals?

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