Monday, January 17, 2005
Bush: Not gonna bother with the marriage amendment.
I guess all the talk about amending the U.S. Constitution to "protect marriage" was just so much election blather. Who ever would have guessed? The Washington Post says the President won't bother lobbying the Senate to support the amendment.
On the domestic front, Bush said he would not lobby the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.
While seeking reelection, Bush voiced strong support for such a ban, and many political analysts credit this position for inspiring record turnout among evangelical Christians, who are fighting same-sex marriage at every juncture. Groups such as the Family Research Council have made the marriage amendment their top priority for the next four years.
The president said there is no reason to press for the amendment because so many senators are convinced that the Defense of Marriage Act — which says states that outlaw same-sex unions do not have to recognize such marriages conducted outside their borders — is sufficient. "Senators have made it clear that so long as DOMA is deemed constitutional, nothing will happen. I'd take their admonition seriously. . . . Until that changes, nothing will happen in the Senate."
("Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy," Jim VandeHei and Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post 1.16.05, reg req'd)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 17 January 2005 at 5:33 PM