It should come as no surprise that the effort to amend the Constitution to block gay marriage got nowhere in the Senate. This was never really about the Constitution. It was about mean spirited debate and political opportunism. It also offered lawmakers a break from less pressing matters such as the wars.
On the plus side, the debate on the floor of Senate did offer us a glimpse into the inner workings of the minds of those who reside at the bottom rung of American political thought.
Rick Santorum (who I would love to see as an extra on the set of HBO’s Oz) explained the importance of his fight: “I would argue that the future of our country hangs in the balance because the future of marriage hangs in the balance. Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?”
I can’t figure out if this guy is America’s pre-eminent hate-filled homophobe or just plain whipped.
Not to be outdone in the outlandish comments department, Jeff Sessions delivered what I think could be the most disturbing and horrifying quote since the last time he spoke:
“We need to send a message to the courts that we control the culture of this country.”