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People Who Live in Glass Marriages Shouldn’t
Throw Stones at Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Legislators Who Supported the Anti-Gay “DoMA” Bill
© 2000, Demian

Even though no state offered legal marriage, positive rulings in Hawaii [See Hawaii Court Finding] regarding the right to marry gave the radical right fears that same-sex couples would be treated the same as opposite-sex couples. The ethically offensive “Defense of Marriage Act” (DoMA) was created in 1996 to prevent same-sex couples from having their legal marriage license recognized by the United States Government. It also claimed that states would not need to recognize a valid same-sex marriage license from another state.

While DoMA did not defend marriage, it did, for the first time, allow the Federal system to usurp the state right of defining marriage law. It also contradicted “Full Faith and Credit” law. [See “Defense of Marriage Act”]

The vignettes below give a glimpse at the kind of relationships maintained by those legislators who fought the hardest to deprive their fellow Americans of their legal and constitutional right to equality.

Hypocritically, they all have claimed that same-sex marriage would destroy traditional marriage.

Rep. Bob Barr (R-Georgia)
Chief sponsor of DoMA.
Married Three Times. Bead Beat Parent.
  • Caught licking whipped cream off the chests of two women (neither of them his wife).
  • Barr’s second wife, Gail, claims that he began an affair with Jerri Dobbin, while they were married.
  • Barr married Jerri one month after his divorce to Gail in 1986.
  • Gail took Barr to court to gain a modest increase in child support payments.
  • He has also been sued by one of the former wives for refusing to pay medical bills.
Barr on DoMA: “The flames of hedonism, the flames of narcissism, the flames of self-centered morality are licking at the very foundation of our society, the family unit.”

Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas)
Former Senate Majority Leader.
Married Twice.
  • Dumped his first wife and child.
Dole on his child: “Sooner or later, you have to make a decision — is the child going to become fatherless? … If you become married to politics, something else is going to suffer.”

Rep. Wes Cooley (R-Oregon)
Married Twice. Liar. Cheat.
  • Concealed his wedding date so his new wife could keep collecting benefits as the widow of a veteran.
  • He falsly claimed to have served in Korea, and was also convicted of falsifying VA loan applications.

Rep. Enid Greene (Waldholtz) (R-Utah)
Divorced. Liar.
  • Divorced her husband after he was accused of falsifying her campaign finance reports.
  • Greene claims she was deceived by her husband, but campaign workers testified she was repeatedly warned.

Rep. Bob Dornan (R-California)
Divorced. Wife Beater.
  • Subject to four divorce actions from his wife who claimed he beat her.
  • In June 1966, Dornan was found guilty of a “violent attack” on his wife and was ordered to go to jail, though police records do not show him actually serving any time.
Dornan: “Don’t use the word gay unless it’s an acronym for ‘Got AIDS Yet?’ ”

Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia)
House Speaker.
Divorced Twice. Adulterer.
  • One-time presidential hopeful
  • Visited his first wife in the hospital following her operation for cancer, requiring her to sign divorce papers.
  • Later, his first wife took him to court to get him to contribute to household bills.
  • He has admitted to adulterous affairs in the back seats of cars.
  • In November 1999, he had dumped his second wife to take up with a much younger woman with whom he had been having an affair during his marriage.
Gingrich on his first wife: “She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the president’s wife.”

Article & graphics © 2002, Demian

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