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sleeptodreamher
2003-07-31 01:13:02 (UTC)

WHAT A STUPID FUCKING ASSHOLE

WASHINGTON (July 30) - President Bush said Wednesday he
respects homosexuals but draws the line at gay weddings,
and he disclosed that government lawyers are exploring
measures to legally define marriage as a union between a
man and a woman.

''I think it is very important for our society to respect
each individual, to welcome those with good hearts, to be a
welcoming country,'' Bush said.

''On the other hand, that does not mean that somebody like
me needs to compromise on an issue such as marriage,'' he
added. ''I believe in the sanctity of marriage. I believe a
marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought
to codify that one way or the other.''

Bush said, ''That is the definition of marriage, and we've
got lawyers looking at the best way to do that.''

His remarks seemed to signal a shift from his position
earlier this month, when he said a constitutional ban on
gay marriage that has been proposed in the House might not
be needed. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., was the main
sponsor of a proposal to amend the Constitution to
read: ''Marriage in the United States shall consist only of
the union of a man and a woman.'' It was referred on June
25 to the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution.

Bush ran as a ''compassionate conservative'' in 2000, and
is still trying to bridge the gap between his conservative
base and critical swing voters. Some advisers fear any hint
of intolerance will alienate middle-of-the-road Americans.
Recent polls have shown that just over half of Americans
oppose gay marriage, and about four in 10 support it.


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''I am mindful that we're all sinners, and I caution those
who may try to take the speck out of the neighbor's eye
when they got a log in their own,'' the president said,
invoking a biblical passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!


Despite his calibrated language, Bush's statement touched
off passionate responses from groups with an interest in
the issue.

''There is a real movement for same-sex marriage, and if
the president doesn't intervene, and if he doesn't take
leadership in this area, we could lose marriage in this
country the way we know it,'' said Franklin Graham,
president of the Bill Graham Evangelistic Association and
the son of the Rev. Billy Graham. ''I think the president
is doing the right thing.''

The Rev. Pat Robertson agreed. Both ministers spoke in
Orlando, Fla. at the memorial service for Campus Crusade
for Christ founder Bill Bright.

''I applaud the president's movement on this,'' Robertson
said. ''I think it's absolutely important that the American
people defend the institution of marriage. Its foundational
to our entire society, and I think in order (for) this to
be effective, it's going to have to be a constitutional
amendment.''

Gay-rights activists took offense at Bush's comment
that ''we're all sinners,'' interpreting the remark as
directed at them.

''While we respect President Bush's religious views, it is
unbecoming of the president of the United States to
characterize same-sex couples as 'sinners,''' said Matt
Foreman, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's
executive director. ''It's also sad that, at a moment in
history that cries out for leadership and moral courage,
President Bush has instead opted for the divisive, anti-gay
politics of the past.''

The Human Rights Campaign, which says it is the nation's
largest gay and lesbian political group, branded Bush's
exploration of a law on gay marriage a ''call to codify
discrimination.''

In 1996, President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage
Act, which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages
and allowed states to ignore same-sex unions licensed
elsewhere. Bush's aides have said they are studying ways to
strengthen the law.

''We ask the president to explain to the American people
why DOMA does not already meet the objective he set this
morning,'' the Human Rights Campaign said.

The group also pointed to a statement by Vice President
Dick Cheney that suggested he had a different view than
Bush's.

Asked during an October 2000 debate whether homosexuals
should have all the constitutional rights enjoyed by each
American citizen, Cheney said: ''I don't think there should
necessarily be a federal policy in this area.''

''People should be free to enter into any kind of
relationship they want to enter into. It's really no one
else's business, in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit
behavior in that regard,'' Cheney said.