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Swear to Uphold…

On Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at a hearing on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, was requested to testify. At the end of his testimony, Republican State Senator Nancy Jacobs said: “Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?”

Raskin replied: “Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.” The room erupted into applause.

Snopes claims this is true. If so, BRAVO Raskin!! But even if it is not, the meaning is completely true and our elected officials need to be reminded of this more often – as in daily.


  1. I’ll be sure to remember this when I’m giving my speech and live blogging from the LGBTQ marriage equality event I’m helping plan called Hagerstown Hopes in my city. It’ll be the first pro-LGBT rally in the city, and the first for marriage equality. I’m excited about the event, and this story will be a great way to really get the message across that equality under the law means just that.

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