In the Senate, members are usually spending pork — not eating it! But a barbeque dinner was one of the few perks of Thursday’s vote-a-rama, the closest thing to a Senate sleepover there is. After working well past 4 a.m., members and their staffs were just leaving their offices Friday morning when most Americans were headed to theirs. Sixteen hours, 784 amendments, and gallons of coffee later, the weary 100 finally made their way to the exits for a two-week Easter break.
In the greatest disappointment of the night, almost a dozen Republicans — some who visibly campaigned on natural marriage — sided with Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in tearing down the last two federal holdouts that respect state marriage laws: the social security and veterans’ administrations. Unlike other departments, these agencies have consistently recognized marriage for couples based on the state where they live — not the state where they “married.”
In a stunning betrayal of voters and the GOP platform, 11 RINOs decided the federal government should trump state laws on marriage and force states to bow to the Left’s definition. In other words, the question was not just about what marriage is, but who gets to decide. Senators Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Shelley Capito (W.Va.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Ron Johnson (Wisc), and Bob Corker (Tenn.) made it clear that they were quite comfortable undermining state marriage laws — even when many of these same Republicans (Tillis in particular) — were fighting last year to defend them!
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