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.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.
“Obviously, there are a lot of gay activists working against the amendment,” he said.
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.