Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at 92

Sen. Robert Byrd, who served in the Senate for 51 years and in the House for six, representing “his home state of West Virginia in the Senate for more than a third of its 144-year existence,” died this morning in the hospital. He was 92. Byrd’s legislative record includes votes for and against adding sexual orientation to hate crimes and voting for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which he said “reflects a demand for political correctness that has gone berserk. We live in an era in which tolerance has progressed beyond a mere call for acceptance and crossed over to become a demand for the rest of us to give up beliefs that we revere and hold most dear in order to prove our collective purity. At some point, a line must be drawn by rational men and women who are willing to say, ‘Enough!'”