Last week's battle was very close, indeed, a mere ten points separating the Challenger and the Iron Blogger. Sparks flew as two friends battled to a photo finish, but in the end it was Iron Blogger Republican Rosemary Esmay who prevailed by a slim margin. I expect this week's battle will likewise be close, despite the relative 'freshness' of our Challenger. I think it best to let him explain:
My name is Jimmie Bise, Jr and I run the Suburban Sundries Shack web log. Though I'm very new to the game, I have had the great fortune of having one of my posts finish quite well in the Watcher of Weasels Weekly Roundup and my liveblog of the recent House Armed Services Committee was recently linked on The Command Post web log. I'd like to challenge Iron Blogger Jay Bullock. I believe I'll give him an entertaining and spirited debate (and that I'll mop the floor with him!).
Iron Blogger Democrat, Jay Bullock, you have been summoned to battle. May your love of the English language aid you as you represent your party and this blog against your Challenger.
And what shall I have them battle over...?
If memory serves me right, it was 1896 when last the Supreme Court decided that separate could be equal. The civil rights era of the fifties and sixties saw a unanimous Supreme Court rule in Brown vs. The Board of Education that, according to the sixteenth amendment, separate could not be equal, after all. That was fifty years ago, this month, and now a new challenge to the ruling is taking shape in Massachusetts. The topic for this battle is this:
Is marriage a sacred institution to be protected by Constitutional means if necessary? Is the theory of civil unions a mere re-hash of 'separate but equal'? What role does the separation of Church and State play in this matter? Are civil unions enough for gays to be recognized under the law, or can only legally recognized marriage grant gay couples true equality? Let us watch as the combatants stake out their claims and do war with words.