Four years after Congress last seriously considered a federal constitutional amendment on marriage, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent for U.S. Senate, managed to broach the issue Sunday in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

Crist faces a tough, three-way race against Republican Marc Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. As CNN reports, Crist finds himself in the awkward position of attempting to play all of his politics in a middle-of-the-road style – not as conservative as Rubio and not as progressive as Meek. Obviously, it is a strategy meant to appeal to moderates and independents. It’s also strategy that might have zero chance of working, especially if Crist’s confusing and/or unclear statements bring up specters of legislative fights long ago considered dead. That’s exactly what happened yesterday.

Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida wrote at yesterday: “Crist who is running as an independent for the US Senate has been charting a new political course aimed a pulling moderate Demorcrats, Republicans and Independents. His comments today threatened that delicate coalition.” Continue reading this post…

This morning, I ran across and RT’ed a tweet from a local acquaintance, who’d shared a New York Times article on yesterday’s DOMA decision in Massachusetts.

He commented on the 10th Amendment and those who most often cite it: “It’s sad but true that many who breathlessly cite the 10th amendment in a variety of issues (often erroneously) are abhorred to see that it prevents them from inflicting their person prejudices on the whole nation!”

Later, the same friend told me he loved a certain quote from the piece:

By citing the 10th Amendment and making what is essentially a states’ rights argument, Professor Balkin said Judge Tauro was “attempting to hoist conservatives by their own petard, by saying: ‘You like the 10th Amendment? I’ll give you the 10th Amendment! I’ll strike down DOMA!’ ”

The quote is pretty damn funny. But anywho…

The tweet was shared on my Facebook wall, where a good friend from the ’07 Equality Ride joined in the convo, saying: “I think we’re beyond ready for a new constitutional convention.”

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