Republican Sen. Dan Swecker, an original sponsor of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1998, put out a statement today about two same-sex marriage bills that are getting hearings today. Senate Bill 6239 and House Bill 2516 also appear destined for passage after Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen announced today she is the 25th and clinching vote for the measure.
Here is what Swecker, a Rochester conservative, said in response:
I am concerned that altering the definition of marriage will lead to the silencing of those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage. If this debate is about tolerance, then the question must be asked: Can same-sex marriage supporters tolerate the fact that much of the population regards the traditional definition of marriage as the best way to bring up the next generation of children and wants to hold on to it?