Colorado congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave was a featured attraction at this past weekend's Values Voter summit in Washington, D.C., part of a panel discussing "The Preservation of Traditional Marriage." And when the sponsor of the marriage amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives was introduced to the tune "Love and Marriage," she got a standing ovation.
But what, exactly, was the family-values crowd applauding? If you really listen to the lyrics of the song made famous by Frank Sinatra -- and written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen for a TV production of Our Townin 1955 -- you'll realize that there's nothing hetero-exclusive about them. In fact, if love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, then it follows -- naturally -- that homosexuals in love should be able to marry.
So should Musgrave find herself singing the same old song, here are some customized lyrics she might find more appropriate to her position:
Same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage
That's the concept that I so disparage
This I tell you, brother
Your mate should have parts like your mother. Same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage
Next you'll wed the horse that pulls the carriage
Ask the GOP pick for lite guv --
She'll tell you gay life leads to beasty love. Try, try, try to separate them
It's an illusion
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion. Same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage
That's the concept that I'm here to disparage
Dad wasn't told by mother
You should have hooked up with my brother.