Brown is responding to reports that the Respect for Marriage Act or RMA will be attached to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill. You know, like how they pass dozens of laws every year. You know, like how they passed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Brown is only upset over this because, well, it would mean that his side would lose.
Their frantic email states that “Senator Feinstein admits she doesn’t have the votes to repeal DOMA on an up-or-down vote. So she’s trying to attach it to a piece of “must-pass” legislation, forcing Senators to choose between voting against marriage and voting against our military and national defense. It’s no wonder the American people are fed up with Congress.”
Actually, they are fed up with the fact that Congress passes laws that benefit the rich, screw the poor, and hurt the economy. Brown, though, is far more concerned about same-sex marriage than he is about the number of kids starving in the streets these days.
Brown also does not know how legislation works, from the looks of it. He states “urge your Senator to filibuster any effort to use the Defense Authorization to force same-sex marriage on the American people.” Two problems there, if it is put into the bill in committee by say Senator Kirsten Gillibrand or Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Carl Levin, then the Republicans do not get to filibuster it. What is also a problem here is that the majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage.
But wait! There’s more!
If you go here, NOM has this wonderful form that you can use at no cost to you (but cost of their server fees) that lets you email your Senators. You can then ask your Senators to support marriage equality. After you send that, of course, they will then add you to their mailing list and you can laugh at their idiocy any time of the year.
Or you can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators and ask them to support the bill.
If this is what the Senate Democrats are planning, that is not surprising. According to one military analyst that we have spoken to, this would put the Republicans into a delicate situation where they would either have to repeal DOMA or look like they do not support the troops. Given that, right now, the repeal of DOMA is fairly popular, but not supporting the troops is unthinkable, it is likely that this could pass, especially if this is kept fairly quiet going forward.