Is Senator Fitzgerald Lying?

Wait a second. Folks like Senator Fitzgerald have consistently avoided accurate characterizations of the amendment. But this may be the first time I've seen a quote that appears to be an outright lie.

Yesterday's Watertown Daily Times reports on a candidate debate. They had this quote from Fitzgerald:
“I think there is a lot of misinformation related to the second clause,” Fitzgerald said. “In states were the second clause passed, it has not been challenged,” he said. The same verbiage has been approved in 20 other states.

“Obviously, there are a lot of gay activists working against the amendment,” he said.
Senator Fitzgerald knows perfectly well that lawsuits in other states are underway that revolve around amendments' second clauses. He's heard about it repeatedly from other lawmakers, from the media, and most recently at a AAUW debate in Ft. Atkinson.

And Senator Fitzgerald also knows there are a hell of a lot more than "gay activists" working to fight this amendment.

Also, by the way, those 20 states do not all have same wording. Some states passed one sentence bans on marriage for gay couples. At least one of the 20 said only the state legislature could make the decision about gay marriage.


At 9:54 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

I just sent an e-mail to Fitzgerald's office showing the quote he made along with the list of "Consequences of Bans Passed in Other States."

This was also sent to the reporter at the Watertown Daily Times who wrote the story.

If I get any follow-ups, I will let you know.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote a letter to the editor including information on Fitzgerald stating that courts were going to have to interpret the second clause. I am so tired of lying politicians. I think we need to obtain his past quotes and nail him publicly on this. I got a call yesterday from a friend who spoke with his very Republican friends, all of whom are appalled at the amendment and are voting No. There is a large group of Thompson-Republicvans who are sick and tired of their party being hijacked by people like Fitzgerald.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

I wouldn't just respond to the editor but share with other media as well.

Not sure if my other post was received, so I apologize for repeating. But the editor of the Watertown Daily Times e-mailed me and stated that he will first, clarify the quote from the reporter then he is contacting Sen. Fitzgerald himself regarding what he has received from myself and others.

I don't think this is a smear campaign, its a clarification campaign now.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Communitygal said...

Wow. Well, to paraphrase a famous saying, "there are lies, damn lies," and lies spoken out of panic and desperation. The ban's supporters are starting to panic. We are about to win this fight. Don't let off the pressure, not for one moment!

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Jane said...

According to my research, six states have amendments that restrict marriage to one male and one female, but do not contain language that would prevent the possibility of civil unions or domestic partnerships: Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. Hawaii's constitution leaves the entire decision about same-sex marriage up to its legislature.


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