Bush backs gay marriage ban despite increasing lack of support

Ross von Metzke | June 06, 2006

Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
WASHINGTON D.C. — Staying true to his word, President George Bush called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage that will work its way to the Senate in search of a two-thirds majority in the coming months.

The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.

"Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them,� Bush said during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Monday, according to the Associated Press. �And changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure.�

Criticizing judges who have overturned state laws in direct opposition to the proposed amendment, Bush said that traditional marriage is the cornerstone of a healthy society and the issue should be put �back where it belongs: In the hands of the American people."

�Marriage is the most fundamental institution of civilization, and it should not be redefined by activist judges.�

Not that most political insiders think the American public will have the chance to decide in the near future. Recent reports indicate the amendment will have a difficult time passing either chamber with the two-thirds majority required to send it to the states.

To add insult to injury, an anonymous source tipped Newsweek last week that the latest move by the president to support the gay marriage amendment is simply one of political obligation.

The source, reported as a close friend of the president, told the news magazine: �I think it was purely political. I don�t think he gives a s--t about it. He never talks about this stuff.�

The issue of amending the constitution to exclude the possibility of gays and lesbians ever marrying in the traditional sense has its share of Republican support.

�Marriage between one man and one woman does a better job protecting children better than any other institution humankind has devised,� Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. �As such, marriage as an institution should be protected, not redefined.�

While only one Democrat thus far has gone on record in support of the amendment, a handful of republicans have vowed to vote against the issue. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said he will vote against the measure on the floor but allowed it to get there because he believes it will pay off for the GOP on Election Day.

Meanwhile, Democrats say the amendment is the latest in a long line of cowardly bows to the religious right and is in direct conflict to on of the GOP�s long-standing commitment to keeping big government out of state�s issues.

�A vote for this amendment is a vote for bigotry pure and simple,� Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, where the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriages in 2003, told the Associated Press.

Vice President Dick Cheney has long said he believes the personal relationships of gays and lesbians should not be a political issue. Earlier this year, First Lady Laura Bush said she felt it was a mistake to make gay marriage a political issue. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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