Marriage pledge rings hollow The politicians are asked to pledge that they’ll protect the institution of marriage and “oppose all counterfeits” — meaning gay marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships. They don’t mention such counterfeits as all the unhappy couples staying together for the children.

A lot of the usual suspects like Republican gubernatorial candidates William Simon and Bill Jones have signed the pledge.

Richard Riordan hasn’t signed, even though he loved marriage so much he took a pledge with three wives. His first marriage lasted 23 years, produced five children and was annulled by the Catholic Church. Perhaps it was a coincidence, but Riordan was part of a group that gave Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony a $400,000 used helicopter.

A used helicopter? Well, it was a used marriage. (This is not a paid hit piece from Gray Davis.)


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