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Brownback: Gay marriage ban "imperative," "not bigotry"
As expected, Sen. Sam Brownback helped lead the charge Monday as debate opened over a federal move to ban gay marriage nationwide.[The Associated Press] reports: Supporters of the amendment say Congress is the right place to set cultural standards, and that traditional marriages are the foundation of healthy societies. Those on this side of the debate draw a connection between nontraditional families, poverty and troubled children."The law is a teacher," said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., one of the floor managers. "It is a moral and societal imperative that we foster and encourage the institution of marriage."[The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette] adds that Monday was "the first of three days of debate about whether gay marriage should be banned by a 28th Amendment to the Constitution."The institution of marriage has been weakened in this country," said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.He said the attempt to redefine it as something other than one man and one woman "is harmful to the future of the republic."[The New York Times:] _Republicans argued that the state of marriage and the American family was exactly the sort of fundamental issue that Congress should take up. "It is not bigotry to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman," said Senator Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas._Other links:Jerry Moran links[(AP) Immigration program called a lifesaver for rural hospitals:] Congressman Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) wants to make permanent a federal program that allows foreign-born doctors to work in small rural communities. The Kansas Republican says the J-1 visa waiver program has been critical in providing doctors to sparsely populated Kansas towns where American doctors don't want to work. The 12-year-old program expired last week, but Congress is expected to reauthorize it later this year, at least on a temporary basis. It was last reauthorized two years ago.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.] : http://www.yahoo.com : http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation/14751656.htm : http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/06/washington/06bush.html?_r=1&oref=slogin : http://www.49abcnews.com/news/2006/jun/05/immigration_program_called_lifesaver_rural_hospita/ : http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed