Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Too hateful to be busy.

Such a productive use of our money:

"If unresolved by the end of August — or resolved in opposition to the people's vote — I fully support a special session," said Senate President Pro-tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah). "Marriage between a man and a woman must be protected."

An August special session would allow a debate a few weeks before the 2006 elections on an issue that spurred social conservative voters to the polls in 2004 to pass the original amendment. Republicans say it will boost their chances of retaining the governor's mansion and the General Assembly if voters are drawn to the polls to vote on the gay marriage ban again.

A special session would cost $30,000 to $40,000 a day. Critics say the constitutional amendment isn't needed because state law already outlaws gay marriage.

The Secretary of State's Office said lawmakers would have until Aug. 14 to get another measure on the ballot.