A call to GOP

Jonathan Barry is the former Dane County executive and is currently the development director for Operation Fresh Start. He's also one of our Republican Voices for "No," and today has a guest editorial urging the GOP to vote down the civil unions and marriage ban.

He writes:

This amendment should concern every Wisconsinite: Democrat, Republican and independent. I call on Republicans to vote no on Nov. 7. Let us affirm the party of Lincoln and show that the birthplace of the GOP will not countenance government intrusion into freedom of religion, or memorialize inequality in our constitution.


All of us, and certainly Republicans espousing limited government, should be rightfully wary of governmental intrusion into this, a most private area of individual liberty. And, most dangerously, we are for the first time literally presented with a proscription of people's rights by plebiscite, which is a path most troubling indeed!

Read the full piece here.


At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From another state:

On Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, in Annapolis at a hearing on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of law at AU, was requested to testify.

At the end of his testimony, Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs said: "Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?"

Raskin replied: "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What a perfect and wonderful soundbite! I'm going to use that some time. :)

At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'bout says it all, doesn't it?

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Keith said...


When, oh when, will people stop repeating that tired silly old fallacy that the Bible says marriage is one man and one woman?

In the Bible, at least in the Hebrew Testament, marriage is one many and MANY women most of the times when it is mentioned.

And in the New Testament, the most prolific writer is Saint Paul, and his opinion of marriage is that it is a horrible weakness, to be avoided if possible.

When, oh when, will those politicians who claim to be Christians and even Fundamentalists... when will they actually pick up a Bible and READ IT rather than just waving it in the air?

At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Keith, even though I'm voting against the amendment because of the second sentence, I must correct you when you say it is a fallacy that the Bible says marriage is one man to one woman.

Genesis 2:24, which Jesus repeated with commentary in Matthew 19:4-6 clearly teaches what God wanted. How man has abused that since does not abrogate what God seems to have originally intended.

a thoughtful conservative


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