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Friday, February 20, 2004
President Bush a bigot?

Brian Griffin has a link saying Bush will probably support an amendment to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. To Brian this makes President Bush a bigot. Not that him calling people bigots is that out of the ordinary, the word's appeared in his blog 36 times in the past month.

Being in favor of defining marriage a certain way is nowhere close to the same thing as being a bigot. There are plenty of reasons someone might be in favor of an amendment to define marriage without it being bigotry.

Throughout history marriage has been defined as a union between a man and a woman. Why should the courts be allowed to change that definition based on trumped up equal rights grounds? Homosexuals have the same right to marry someone of the opposite sex as heterosexuals have, and heterosexuals have the same limits preventing them from marrying someone of the same sex. The ability to marry whomever you please is not currently a right.

This is the text of the proposed amendment: "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."

Now we come to the part of my post where I ask a bunch of questions and answer them all “No.”

Would this proposed text ban civil unions? No. Would supporting this mean that somebody is opposed to the idea of civil unions? No.

Does George Bush support gay marriage? No, but then neither do John Kerry or John Edwards. Does this mean that they’re bigots? No, opposition to the redefinition of a word does not equate bigotry.

All that being said, if you want to add a system like civil unions, whereby loving homosexuals can commit themselves to one another, then I say go for it. The more people in committed relationships the better, but getting judges to make up non-existent rights and getting Mayors to break the law and calling everyone that isn’t 100% with you a bigot isn’t the way to go about it. If you want to do it right you’re going to need to go through the legislatures and try and win the people over.

Posted by Rob Bernard on Friday, February 20, 2004 at 3:16 AM in Gay Marriage , Politics/Government

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