Senate Majority Leader (and future presidential candidate) Bill Frist is promising conservatives that he will, once again, schedule a vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage just before the next election. The last time the Senate held a vote on this blatantly bigoted proposal? Just prior to the 2004 elections. Gee, what a coincidence.
Meanwhile in Maryland, Republican leaders in the state House and Senate and aides to Republican Governor Ehrlich promised that they have not given up on their anti-gay state constitutional amendment.
No roundup would be complete without Virginia doing something to remind us that bigotry shall rise again. State Attorney General Robert McDonnell has issued an advisory opinion declaring unconstitutional the governor's executive order prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Part of his reasoning includes the legislature's "clear declaration of public policy" by rejecting non-discrimination proposals 17 times since 1997. Being a bigot in the Virginia General Assembly can keep a fellow pretty busy.