And when Kerry opposed federal legislation in that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, he compared the law to s efforts in the South to criminalize interracial marriages and accused his supporters of engaging in the "politics of division. Kerry's campaign said Wednesday he has consistently opposed gay marriage while also rejecting legislation, like the amendment, that he believed jeopardized the civil rights and recognition of gay relationships because it was too broadly worded. He opposed a proposed constitutional amendment in Massachusetts in the summer of because a sweeping proposal would have threatened civil unions, health benefits, or inheritance rights for gay couples that represent equal protection under the law," spokesman David Wade said. The emergence of gay marriage as an issue has placed several candidates — including Howard Dean who signed a civil-unions bill during his Vermont governorship — in a delicate balancing act of trying to avoid looking bigoted while placating heterosexual and religious voters. The White House refused Wednesday to commit President Bush to supporting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages, although conservative leaders said they have received high-level assurances he will take the step.
Dems spar -- gently -- over electability, gay marriage, Iraq
Kerry’s positions on gay marriage
People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to. Bush backs a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage, a move Cheney says was prompted by various judicial rulings, including the action in Massachusetts that made gay marriage legal. For many pro-family voters, protecting traditional marriage ranks ahead of the economy and job creation as a campaign issue. The administration has been using gay Americans to drive a wedge into the electorate. Last month, Lynne Cheney said states should have the final say over the legal status of personal relationships, a comment that came just days before the Senate failed to back the ban.
THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; Urged by Right, Bush Takes On Gay Marriages
Two weeks before the Democratic convention and under pressure from conservatives, President Bush is escalating his support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, moving the issue to the forefront of the campaign and underscoring what his aides said was a critical difference between the president and Senator John Kerry. Bush championed the amendment in his radio address this weekend as fellow Republicans in the Senate said they would seek to force a vote on it on Wednesday. Kerry and Senator John Edwards, the likely Democratic nominees for president and vice president, responded by saying they would come to Washington to vote against the amendment, even though it appears unlikely their votes will be needed to defeat it. Kerry and Mr.
It is easy to explain the election. Too easy. Depending on your instincts and how much time you are given to think, you can say that the electorate has moved to the right or that John Kerry flip-flopped or that the Democrats were unable to appeal to the moral values of people. Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times that President Bush was re-elected by people who disagree with him on what America should be. His evidence is that "Christian fundamentalists" have used their "religious energy to promote divisions and intolerance at home and abroad.