Josh is meeting with another member of Congress at the White House. This Congressman tells Josh that he's very disappointed that the Justice Department didn't file a brief in either the Oregon or Massachusetts same-sex marriage cases. Josh gets a little flustered, and tells him that they debated the question thoroughly and decided that it was not wise to get too far ahead of public opinion going into a presidential election year. (And yes, you are all absolutely correct that the show seems to have cut a year off Jed's second term. The next presidential election in the West Wing universe should not take place until November 2006. This is just one more crime to lay at the feet of John Wells.) The Congressman says that he is aware of the political situation, and then tells Josh that he wants to introduce a bill to ban marriage. Josh thinks he's talking about a strategic move to introduce a bill to ban same-sex marriage, thereby putting opponents on the record. But Congressman Gay (for indeed he is) tells Josh that he wants to ban all marriage: "If the government can't make it available to everyone, I want us out of the business entirely. Leave it to churches and synagogues. And of course, um, casinos and department stores." Josh asks him if the Republicans put him up to this. Congressman Gay: "They don't condone my lifestyle, and I don't condone theirs." Well said, Congressman Gay. Well said. ["Yeah! You go, Congressman Fabulous!" -- Wing Chun]
Josh leaves his meeting and walks up to Donna's cubicle. He asks her if the Democratic leadership called to let him know that Congressman Gay wants to ban all marriage. She wonders who would take the idea seriously. Well, Donna, a number of religious congregations who believe that their religion calls on them to recognize same-sex marriages have refused to perform any legal wedding ceremonies until such time as the law recognizes all of the marriages they perform. But that's not the answer that Josh gives, as he tells her that the introduction of such a bill would be a bonanza for the religious right: "They'll be reenacting Caligula at the Republican convention." Donna: "You'd look cute in a toga and a dog collar." Josh gives her a sideways glance and says, "Thank you." She tells him that China is opposed to a Security Council resolution until Congress acts. "And the president of Turkmenistan told AP that he know of six more wavering votes." Josh: "No he doesn't! He's making that up!" At that moment, someone hands Josh two pizza boxes, telling him that they're from C.J. He takes them, and Donna jokingly says, "Send it to the president of Turkmenistan."