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Pres. Bush calls for constitutional amendment against gay marriage

Pres. Bush called for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage today, blaming “activist judges”, the Massachusettes Supreme Court, and the mayor of San Francisco, among others, for “attempting to change the most fundamental institution of civilization.”

Bush calls for same-sex marriage-ban amendment:

“After more than two centuries of American jurisprudence and millennia of human experience, a few judges and local authorities are presuming to change the most fundamental institution of civilization. Their actions have created confusion on an issue that requires clarity.”
Bush said states might be forced to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that allow them.

"On a matter of such importance, the voice of the people must be heard. Activist courts have left the people with one recourse. If we're to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America. Decisive and democratic action is needed because attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country."

How this call for an amendment plays out remains to be seen, but Bush is taking a strong stance on this issue, in what some see as another 'big headline' proposal during the election season. What will this mean for the civil rights of homosexuals in this country? And how will voters react in November?

Posted by Anthony at February 24, 2004 10:48 AM