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Special Report: All Gay Marriage, All the Time

Reported by Janie - June 6, 2006

Last night's (6/5) Special Report with Brit Hume covered a handful of topics, but focused on one general theme throughout: the President's push to pass the Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage throughout the United States. The show was anything but fair and balanced, and allowed Fox to show their true, bigoted, colors.

The episode kicked off with Fox News Correspondent Brett Baier filing a report outlining the push for the amendment, which was followed by Brian Wilson covering the debate over the amendment in Congress. Hume rounded these segments off with a live interview of "Doctor" Megyn Kendall, in which she repeatedly used the word "fear" while outlining why the right feels this amendment is necessary:

BH: "The Defense of Marriage Act, which was supposed to keep the laws of one state, if they permitted gay marriage, from affecting the laws of other states. Why is that not protection enough, at least for that part?"

MK: "Well, that is still in place and has been challenged at the lower court levels, unsuccessfully. But the fear among those who oppose gay marriage is that when if the Defense of Marriage Act makes it up to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court could possibly strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Why do we care? Because the Defense of Marriage Act is the act that says ok, those of you that live in Minnesota, if you don't want gay marriage, if you don't want somebody that got married as a same sex couple in Massachusetts, moves to Minnesota, you Minnesota don't have to recognize that marriage. The fear among those that oppose those unions is that that act, the Defense of Marriage Act will be struck down and Minnesota will be forced to recognize that marriage."

Comment: Oh god forbid you should have to recognize a gay marriage. Boo-hoo for equality! Did anyone see in this description that these people who claim to be "afraid" are going to be forced to marry someone of the same sex themselves?

It's also interesting to note that Kendall uses the phrase "Why do we care". Who exactly is the "we" she's referring to? Is she including herself and Fox in with those that support the amendment? Is she outright admitting that a news channel in the United States is taking the side of the President, when news is supposed to contain no opinion?

The interview with Doc Kendall ended shortly thereafter, and Hume touched on the topic again during his "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment when he mentioned Senator Ted Kennedy's comments on the amendment. Hume acted as though Kennedy was off his rocker, when Kennedy's opinion is shared with many, many Americans:

"Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy says the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is 'bigotry, pure and simple.' In a Boston Herald op-ed, Kennedy writes that a vote for the amendment 'is a vote against civil unions, against domestic partnerships, and against efforts by states to treat gays and lesbians fairly under the law,' adding, 'It's a vote to impose discrimination on all 50 states.'

Kennedy says the amendment should be called the 'Republican Right Wing 2006 Electoral Strategy Amendment' — accusing the administration of using 'fear tactics' to rally its 'extreme base.'

Comment: Sounds like a pretty accurate description to me.

Since this was the hot-button issue of the day, the "All Star Panel" was on hand to tackle such an important issue, and newly minted Jeff Birnbaum was on hand to provide us with his choice opinion, which summed up the entire panel's position:

"I think that Harry Reid, the Democratic leader is right and he's wrong. I think that he's wrong when he says that what this is doing is removing all the important issues from the table, that the Senate and the Congress should be dealing with. The Senate is dealing with a lot of important issues all the time, including this week. They're negotiating on immigration, they may very well be voting on estate taxes, an elimination of those. The Senate is doing many things at the same time as it always does.

Comment: Sorry, but I don't think the general populace agrees with you, especially considering when Americans were polled on which issues should be priorities for the President and Congress to handle, gay marriage didn't even make the list.

Birnbaum continued, "He's right when he says this is basically political. And because what he's really saying is, what I think the Democrats are really saying is that they don't want this to be voted on because Republicans gain a real advantage with this vote. In all 11 states that had referenda a couple years ago, all of those states passed those referenda banning gay marriage and all of them voted for President Bush for re-election. And it's a real advantage, real vote getter for Republicans.

Comment: Bwahahaha! I think this guy has stopped taking whatever medication he might be on. This amendment has no chance in hell of getting passed, Conservatives are claiming this is nothing more than pandering , Bush's approval rating is hanging around 29%, and Congress' approval rating is even more dismal.

What Birnbaum and the right are attempting to do here is to assuage the Republican party that this is NOT pandering. Earlier in the show, Fox News Correspondent Brian Wilson made sure to make the same point when he said, "You may ask yourself why bring it up if you can't get the 67 votes you need. Well in 2004 Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle voted against the Marriage Protection Amendment, his opponent used it against him in radio ads, his opponent is now Senator John Thune."

Get that Republicans? This IS NOT pandering - we're trying to get votes! Gee, maybe someone should tell them that's the definition of pandering!

Birnbaum finished, "There's something close to a consensus in this country that a marriage between a man and a woman is the way legal marriage should be."

Comment: I guess Birnbaum hasn't been keeping up with his polls lately. Granted, a large portion of Americans believe gay marriage should be illegal, but the majority wish that this decision be left to the states to handle, and not the federal government - which by deduction means they really aren't "afraid" of having to recognize these marriages as Doc Kendall claimed.

In the most recent Zogby poll, there was also no majority winner (48 to 41%) when respondents were asked if gay unions should be legalized. Unfortunately, the Federal Marriage Amendment in question would rule this option out as well.

While there may not be a clear consensus on this topic, there was, sadly, a consensus on a similar debate 100 years ago. "A U.S. representative from Georgia declared that allowing this type of marriage 'necessarily involves (the) degradation' of conventional marriage, an institution that 'deserves admiration rather than execration.'

Gee, that sounds like a lot of the rhetoric emanating from the right during this debate. Unfortunately, it was a Senator discussing interracial marriage years ago.

The entire show on this topic was incredibly one-sided and the only time a dissenting view was mentioned, it was Hume ridiculing Kennedy during his "Two Minutes of Hate".


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