posted on Feb, 24 2004 @ 10:35 AM
President George Bush is backing a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. Bush states he wants to stop activist judges from changing the
definition of the "most enduring human institution." Stating that constitutional amendments should not be taken lightly, President Bush feels that
this particular amendment is necessary to protect the meaning of marriage between a man and a woman. 38 states have already passed laws protecting
the "sanctity of marriage" and the president will call on Congress to move quickly to pass legislation that can then be sent to the states for
Passing a constitutional amendment is a difficult and lengthy process. Winning the support of two-thirds of the House of Representatives, two-thirds
of the Senate and ratification by three-quarters of the states can take years.
“The union of man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith. Marriage
cannot be severed from its cultural, religious or natural roots without weakening the good influence of society today."
With the announcement, Bush is wading into a volatile social issue. The conservative wing of his party has been anxious for Bush to follow up his
rhetoric on the issue with action. In recent weeks, Bush has repeatedly said he was "troubled" by the Massachusetts court decision and the gay
marriages in San Francisco, but stopped short of endorsing a constitutional amendment.
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[Edited on 24-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]