COLEMAN: SENATE FAILS TO PROTECT MARRIAGE FROM ACTIVIST JUDGES
Coleman says today’s vote fails to prevent activist judges from continuing to redefine marriage
June 7th, 2006 - Washington, D.C. - Senator Norm Coleman today expressed his disappointment that the Marriage Protection Amendment was prevented from being debated on the Senate floor. Coleman strongly believes that the institution of marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman, and in turn, cast his vote in favor of moving the bill forward in the legislative process to ensure the institution of marriage is protected from activist judges who seek a redefinition. The measure failed by a vote of 49 to 48.
“Today we had the opportunity to protect states from activist judges who take it upon themselves to legislate from the bench, and unfortunately the process was not allowed to move forward,” said Coleman. “This amendment would have put this issue back in the hands of the voters of each state.”
The Marriage Protection Amendment resolution would state that marriage shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman, and would clarify that courts cannot require states to define marriage otherwise.
Mitch Berg on Norm Coleman's "Unconventional Marriage":
It’s been an open secret forever in Saint Paul and Minnesota politics; Norm and his wife have a rather unconventional marriage. Schultz is being disingenuous if he claims this is some big revelation (or, equally likely, the dim little bulb inside his thick little head hasn’t quite quite figured it out yet, and his prime directive, “blow hard first, ask questions later”, is in control).
Some liberal bloggers say Laurie Coleman's presence in a campaign ad was faked. They say she used what's called a "green screen", and wasn't even in the same room as her husband. A green screen can be used to superimpose backgrounds to make it appear that a person is somewhere he or she is not.
Bloggers say the Coleman campaign was making the Colemans' relationship appear to be something it isn't. The Coleman campaign moved quickly to prove the bloggers wrong.
The campaign allowed outtakes of the commercial to be released. The outtakes clearly show Laurie Coleman was there for the filming. But in cyberspace the debate rages on.
"By putting Laurie Coleman in this ad, the Coleman campaign has invited scrutiny on an issue they thought was long forgotten," said Professor Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute.
Laurie Coleman is an actress, model and entrepreneur whose career has led to her spend time out of state.
"It is not OK in our book to attack the senator's wife," said Erin Rath of the Coleman campaign.
Campaign staffers are indignant over any suggestion that Laurie Coleman is anything but a devoted wife and mother who juggles career, husband and two grown kids.
"Norm and Laurie Coleman have been married for 27 years. They have lived in the same house on the same street in St. Paul for 20 years," said Rath.
However, Jacobs said the ad is a gift for the struggling Franken campaign.
"They have now launched an ad that's taken the attention away from Al Franken and put it right on Senator Coleman," said Jacobs.