He spoke at length about his opposition to the amendment and criticized anyone who dare insist that "gay marriage" was wrong. "A vote for this amendment is a vote for bigotry, pure and simple," he said.
Alas, same-sex marriage is neither "pure" nor "simple"; rather, it is a real threat to traditional marriage, family life and religious freedom in our nation. To simply dismiss all those who support a constitutional protection of traditional marriage as "bigots" is ridiculous and dangerous. Among its supporters are members of the Catholic Church, the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, representatives of the Jewish faith, the Mormon Church, the Coalition of African-American Pastors and 49 of his fellow senators.
It appears that, after many years of public service, Kennedy has become bloated by the blight of political hysteria and demonic demagoguery. Defending marriage is neither a movement by bigots nor an attempt to legalize prejudice. Pure and simple, it is an effort to establish in law what has always been true: that marriage is between one man and one woman.
"Bloated by the blight of political hysteria and demonic demagoguery." Wow. I think we all should make the effort to start using that phrase in everyday conversation, don't you?