Thursday, April 14, 2005

Sanctimonious Anti-Gay Senator Caught with Pants Down

"He is very hypocritical, fighting for the sanctity of marriage and not keeping his own." ---Suzanne Bridgette Miller

State senator Jeff Miller (no relation to Zell Miller, as far as we know) is being sued for divorce by his wife of 15 years. Bridgette Suzanne Miller accuses the Senator of "being involved with a woman in Nashville," or "inappropriate marital conduct."

For almost a decade, the Republican has led the 'Sanctity of Marriage' movement in Tennessee. The Senator sponsored Tennessee's Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 and has been sponsoring anti-gay initiatives ever since.

When questioned recently about his anti-gay agenda, the Senator explained, "I'm not scared of folks who have an alternative lifestyle, I'm not being scared or phobic in one way or another. This is about sending a message to our families and upholding traditional marriage."

The Senator's 'Marriage Protection Act' passed the final legislative hurdle this session and will be on the ballot in 2006. If voters follow the lead of the Sanctimonious Senator, the state constitution will be amended to define marriage as "the historical institutional and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman."

Perhaps the Senator would like to amend that to read, "one man and one woman at a time."

When the gay marriage ban was up for discussion last year, Senator Cohen (D) suggested that a ban on adultery would do far more to preserve the sanctity of marriage than Miller's anti-gay bill. Understandably, Miller did not sign on to Cohen's proposed amendment to ban adultery.

Nor is Senator Miller sponsoring a pending bill which would punish wayward spouses by awarding more than half the marital assets to the 'innocent' spouse.

Wonder how the Senator plans to vote on that one.

Despite Miller's long record as staunch defender of state-sanctioned heterosexual serial monogamy, Tennessee has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation. Massachusetts, which permits gay marriage, has one of the lowest divorce rates in the nation.

Miller refused to comment on his wife's charges, other than to say, "this is a very very personal matter."

The Republican made similar comments last year when it was discovered that the anti-gay senator has a gay brother. Shortly after this revelation appeared in newspapers across the state, the Senator grew a beard.

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