Newsweek anonymously quotes a friend of the president’s as saying, “I think it was purely political. I don’t think he gives a s—t about” gay marriage.
... Though Bush himself has publicly embraced the amendment, he never seemed to care enough to press the matter. One of his old friends told NEWSWEEK that same-sex marriage barely registers on the president’s moral radar. “I think it was purely political. I don’t think he gives a s—t about it. He never talks about this stuff,” said the friend, who requested anonymity to discuss his private conversations with Bush. White House aides, who also declined to be identified, insist that the president does care about banning gay marriage. They say Monday’s events with amendment supporters?Bush will also meet privately with a small group?have been in the works “for weeks” and aren’t just a sop to conservatives.
Whatever Bush’s motivation, his actions aren’t likely to quiet his critics. [Baptist official Richard] Land says he’s happy Bush is speaking out, but he’d like to see signs of real commitment to the issue. “We know what a full-court press looks like when we see one,” Land says. A White House official, who declined to be identified discussing strategy, says Bush has not made calls on the amendment because “nobody has asked us.”