Debate Begins on Gay Marriage Amendment
President Bush renewed his call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Detractors called the move transparently political–in light of the fact that the proposed amendment stands virtually no chance of passing either house of Congress.
President Bush renewed his call yesterday for Congress to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman, saying such a step is necessary to keep courts from undermining traditional marriage.
As the Senate began debate on the amendment barring same-sex marriage, the president summoned supporters to the White House to hear his plea that marriage “not be redefined by activist judges.” The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has legalized same-sex marriage, and courts in other states have nullified voter-approved referendums that would ban it.
The president’s comments cheered conservative activists, coming after a long period of relative quiet from him on an issue many analysts believe was critical to his reelection victories in Ohio and other states in 2004.