Monday, June 05, 2006

Congress Considering Marriage Ban

A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]
Today in Washington, conservatives in Congress continued their push to ban same-Soundex marriage.

"It just confuses the children," explained Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson, who is running for re-election this year. "And Lord knows the children in my state are confused enough, what with the hippity-hop music and all."

Same-Soundex marriage is legal in twelve states, with seven others considering legalization. The problem arises when a couple married in one state moves to another which bans the practice.

"We had a case where a feller named 'Strader' went off to Vermont with a woman named 'Streeter' and got married," Nelson said. "Now you just know their kids are going to ask someday, 'Why were my parents born with the same Soundex code?' I think I'd be too embarrassed to explain it to them."

Opponents of the proposed ban charge that Nelson and his Republican allies are just being "homophonophobic."

"Having similar-sounding surnames doesn't mean two people can't fall in love and raise a family together," responds Patricia England-Engelman, founder of Same-Soundex Americans for Marriage Equality. "It just means that their kids might be born with webbed toes."

Senator Nelson isn't buying it.

"Marriage should be between a man and a woman with different-sounding names. I'm just following what the Bible says. The first two people were named 'Adam' and 'Eve'—not 'Adam Martin' and 'Eve Morton.'

Randy Seaver

Good one.

Homophonophobic? Cool word - put it in your Genealogisms (which I think was the best ever post). The ACLU will come after you now like they did with niggardly in DC.

I always thought that the senator was in the "Know-Nothing" party.

Cheers -- Randy


Randy, how dare you write the word "niggardly" on my blog! You're sure to offend all of my vocabularily-challenged readers!


Chris, great post...

Webbed toes errr Websters run in my family :D



I am in a daze these days. Just to make some sense, I want to put my 2 cents in. I may confuse my kids, but don't err about the heir.

Bonnie Burnston Birns


Bonnie!! well done!


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