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Brownback: N.J. marriage ruling deepens "constitutional crisis"
Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![(CNN)New Jersey court recognizes right to same-sex unions:] In a decision likely to stoke the contentious election-year debate over same-sex marriage, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that state lawmakers must provide the rights and benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples. ... Sen. Sam Brownback a leading social conservative in Congress, said the New Jersey decision "warrants swift, decisive action by Congress in the form of passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment." "Huge social changes should be decided by the people and their elected representatives and should not be forced by the courts," the Kansas Republican said in a written statement. The federal amendment, which President Bush supports, has stalled in Congress. It has so far failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote to be submitted to the states for ratification. [(KYW NewsRadio)NJ Gay Marriage Ruling Could Impact Elections:] The New Jersey Supreme Court decision on same-sex couples could affect elections across the country. ...Conservatives are again using the phrase "activist judges" in response. Republican Senator Sam Brownback said the decision "deepens" a "constitutional crisis."[(Helsinki Commission) Helsinki Commission to Hold Briefing on Tajikistan's Upcoming Presidential Elections; Witness Added:] Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R- NJ), Chairman and Co-Chairman respectively of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), announce the convening of a Commission briefing entitled "Democracy in Tajikistan: Preview of the Presidential Election" on Thursday, October 26, 2006, at 2 p.m. in room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Tajikistan was the only former Soviet state to experience a protracted civil war after the fall of communism. Despite significant poverty, the country has made notable gains since the peace agreement signed almost 10 years ago. The accord created a power-sharing agreement among the warring parties, including the only legal Islamic party in Central Asia.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![(New York Times) Democratic Donors Optimistic About Senate Prospects:] The NRSC reported raising $1.6 million combined from 19 Republican senators. The NRSC received $600,000 from the campaign committee of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who presumably would succeed retiring Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist as majority leader if Republicans win enough seats Nov. 7 to maintain control of the chamber. ... Notable transfers from the campaign committees of Republican senators:Pat Roberts, Kan.: $50,000. : http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg : http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/25/gay.marriage/ : http://www.kyw1060.com/pages/114008.php?contentType=4&contentId=230027 : http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=75044 : http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg : http://www.nytimes.com/cq/2006/10/23/cq_1689.html