Brownback Blowback

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Senator Sam Brownback, a Republican presidential candidate vying for the Christian evangelical vote in 2008, failed today in his attempt to block the confirmation of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to federal district court. Judge Neff is not a lesbian, nor has she endorsed gay rights. Her sin was to attend the lesbian commitment ceremony of a longtime neighbor’s daughter. The vote was 83-4.

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