Tuesday, February 24, 2004

My Head Is Going To Explode 

Pres. Bush has now come out in favor of a US constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. I've yet been able to find a print version of his sound byte I heard on NPR, but it really got to me. WBUR.org has this quote:

"If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America," Bush said in an announcement in the White House Roosevelt Room."

The bit I heard was about how we need to make sure that marriage is only between one man and one woman because that's how it's always been, and it's better for the children. He also wants to prevent the "confusion" that comes about when people engage in civil protests and litigation to try to change the law. Guess what - that's how the law in this country develops.

This doesn't capture the whole of what he said, as my brain short-circuited upon hearing his actual words. I can't even articulate my thoughts right now. Cheryl Jaques and HRC sum up the alternative view well in this article and this list, plus this piece on civil marriage and religious freedom.

CNN has a slightly more complete piece on Bush's announcement here.

UPDATED: Here is the Human Rights Campaign's response to Bush's announcement.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:01 AM