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Defender Of Non-Monogamous Marriage To Retire

Jim Burroway

March 7th, 2011

Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) has announced that he won’t run for re-election in 2012. This announcement comes almost two years after the “sanctity of marriage” advocate sanctified his own marriage by having an affair with a staffer. The staffer’s husband also worked for Ensign’s Senate Staff. Moneys changed hands, possibly in an attempt to keep the whole thing quiet. That possibility is the subject of a Senate Ethics Committee probe.

In 2004, Ensign spoke from the Senate Floor in favor of the proposed “Federal Marriage Amendment,” which would have written discrimination against gays and lesbians into the U.S. constitution. He insisted the amendment was necessary, saying, “Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded.”

Today, with no apparent awareness of the concept of irony, Ensign gave this reason for retiring: “At this point in my life, I have to put my family first,” Ensign told reporters at a news conference in Las Vegas.

Ensign was identified as a member of the “C” Street, also know as “The Family” or “The Fellowship.” The secretive group was found to have links to the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill that had been proposed in Uganda’s Parliament.

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Rob in San Diego
March 7th, 2011 | LINK

I was watching CSPAN today and Maggie from NOM was on there spewing blah blah blah blah… Though she did agree that there are some benefits to getting married when it comes to financial issues.

Pogovio
March 7th, 2011 | LINK

John Ensign is a Republican, not a Democrat as stated in the article.

Bernie
March 7th, 2011 | LINK

Great Ceaser’s ghost, Jim! Are you turning into Fox News? The first thing I noticed in your posting was the incorrect party assignation for REPUBLICAN John Ensign. I know I’m not the first to point this out and probably won’t be the last but I had to get my two cents in.

tristram
March 7th, 2011 | LINK

Wasn’t Ensign one of the few Republican senators to support repeal of DADT? What was that about? And what are the chances that the Republican who replaces him would ever cast such a vote?

Jim Burroway
March 7th, 2011 | LINK

Great Ceaser’s ghost is right. I totally knew better than that!

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