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Week In Review: Gay Marriage Ban, Sunday Alcohol Sales

The legislature considered bills on Sunday alcohol sales and the state's voucher program, while GOP leaders said they would not take up a ban on gay marriage.

David Long and Brian Bosma

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David Long and Brian Bosma speak at a press conference on Feb. 7, 2013.

The biggest news out of the Statehouse this week was not so much about something the General Assembly did as it was about something lawmakers announced they will not do – take action on a proposed amendment banning same sex marriage.

Legislative leaders say with the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans this summer, it is prudent for the General Assembly to wait until next year to take up the marriage amendment proposal.

Overwhelmingly passed in 2011, the amendment requires passage again by the legislature either this year or next to land on election ballots in 2014. Opponents of the amendment say they are pleased with the legislature’s decision, but are still gearing up for a fight next session.

A bill permitting Sunday alcohol sales received its first-ever committee hearing this week. Supporters of the bill say the law is outdated and changing it will stimulate economic growth. Opponents fear Sunday sales will hurt liquor stores, costing them more than they will make in increased sales.

The House Education committee approved school voucher expansion legislation Thursday. Among other things, the bill would remove the provision requiring students to spend at least one year in public school past kindergarten before receiving a voucher. It also increases the amount of the voucher by one thousand dollars in each of the next two years.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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    The GOP may not “Go Gay” anytime soon … but sooner or later they’ll have to come to grips with the fact that vilifying Gay Americans is no longer a vote-getter for them. Back in 2009 a CBS News survey found that while only 18% of Americans over the age of 65 supported marriage equality for Gay couples, 41% of American under the age of 45 supported it. That was FOUR YEARS AGO, and the generational shift in attitudes among young people toward their Gay friends and family members is accelerating.

    Even conservative columnist Andrew Stuttaford grudgingly acknowledged this: “I fully understand (even if I do not agree with) the idea that same-sex unions are a threat to conventional marriage and I fully understand those who argue that opposition to gay marriage is a fundamental principle too important to be abandoned for reasons of political expediency, but these findings should, I reckon, at least be some sort of warning to those who assume that the GOP’s current position on this issue will continue to be a vote-winner.”.

    30 years ago most Americans were not aware of any Gay friends, family members, or co-workers. Today most Americans ARE aware, and they have become dramatically more accepting and supportive of the Gay people and Gay couples in their lives. And social networking sites like Facebook have made the proverbial “closet” virtually obsolete. The Republican Party ignores this growing acceptance at their own peril. The economy is important, yes… but your friends are PERSONAL.

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