1. Senator Grassley on his opposition to same-sex marriage:
“Traditional marriage between a man and a woman has been the foundation of our society for 6,000 years,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary panel. “The Defense of Marriage Act protects this sacred institution, which I believe in, and attempts to dismantle this law are likely to be met with a great deal of resistance.”
2. Al Franken’s response:
“I just believe you misstated the history of marriage. Marriage has not existed as a union between one man and one woman for thousands of years in every culture. In many cultures, men have been able to marry many women and young girls. For centuries, women have been treated as chattel in marriage. Further, if the religious purpose for marriage is procreation, why would we sanction marriage between an 80 year-old widower and an 80 year-old widow? I just think we need to be accurate when we talk about the history of marriage, the history of man and woman, the history of our institutions.”
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