“Here’s something I canÕt figure out. 51 percent of Americans are against gay marriage. But 71 percent of Americans don’t approve of President Bush. So gay marriage is actually more popular than he is.”
– Jay Leno, June 5, 2006.
“I’m all man, so I ain’t got nothing to do with that. I go by what the Bible says Ñ man and woman.”
– Montgomery, Alabama voter Joseph Rembert Jr. on why he voted for the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment, as quoted in The Decatur Daily, June 7, 2006.
“[The June 7] vote in Alabama comes as no surprise. It wasn’t until 2000 that Alabama repealed its constitutional ban on interracial marriage, 33 years after Loving v. Virginia made such discrimination unconstitutional coast-to-coast. Similarly, 50.1 percent of voters opposed a 2004 measure to remove a constitutional provision mandating segregated public schools for ‘white and colored children.'”
– National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman in a June 8, 2006 statement.
“No matter how you feel about the issue, and many of us feel deeply, a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is utter and complete nonsense. It’s an insult to the intelligence of every voter, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative.”
– Lou Dobbs, CNN.com, June 7, 2006.
“If it’s up to me, we’ll have a vote on this issue every year. I think it’s important to the American people.”
– U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colorado), author of the Marriage Protection Amendment, as quoted by The New York Times, June 7, 2006.
“The stars are in alignment for a new national orgy of rancor because Americans are angry. The government has failed to alleviate gas prices, the economic anxieties of globalization or turmoil in Iraq. Two-thirds of Americans believe their country is on the wrong track. The historical response to that plight is a witch hunt for scapegoats on whom we can project our rage and impotence. Gay people, though traditionally handy for that role, aren’t the surefire scapegoats they once were; support for a constitutional marriage amendment, ABC News found, fell to 42 percent just before the Senate vote. Hence the rise of a juicier target: Hispanics. They are the new gays, the foremost political piata in the election year of 2006.”
– Frank Rich, The New York Times, June 11, 2006.
“A Senate committee on Thursday approved a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, apparently forgetting that our forefathers wore wigs and satin Capri pants.”
– Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, June 3, 2006.