Feingold walks out of hearing

on anti-gay constitutional ban. During a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) “declared his opposition to the amendment” and walked out. “If you want to leave,” committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said, “good riddance.” “See ya,” Feingold replied.

UPDATE: Feingold statement: “Today’s markup of the constitutional amendment concerning marriage, in a small room off the Senate floor with only a handful of people other than Senators and their staffs present, was an affront to the Constitution. I objected to its consideration in such an inappropriate setting and refused to help make a quorum.”