I'm detecting a pattern. It's almost funny.
Anybody else notice how Republicans in Congress seem to start talking about the Federal Marriage Amendment every other year? In other words, every election year.
Just for fun, I Googled, "federal marriage amendment" + [date] for the last four years. Here are the results:
2003 (non-election year): 181,000
2004 (election year): 307,000
2005 (non-election year): 212,000
2006 (partial election year): 268,000
Before people start squawking, I realize my experiment isn't scientific, and there could be other reasons for the pattern. Believe that if you want.
But here's what's about to happen. Republicans will put on the appearances of a valiant effort in an attempt to stir up turnout of the evangelical base this fall. That effort will fall far short of the super-majorities necessary to propose a Constitutional amendment, but the fight will energize "the base," at least a little.
With any success, Republican majorities will be preserved, and you won't be disturbed by any discussion of the FMA in Congress again. Until 2008, that is.