Burning down the Log Cabin
Let’s see how they tapdance around this one:
President Bush backed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage Tuesday, saying he wants to stop activist judges from changing the definition of the “most enduring human institution.”
Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural and moral roots, Bush said, urging Congress to approve such an amendment.
The Log Cabin Republicans don’t have anything new up on their site, but they do have this dated 2/11/04:
â€œWriting discrimination into the Constitution is wrong. It is not conservative, it is not Republican, and it will not strengthen America,â€ said Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero, in response to the Presidentâ€™s possible support of an anti-family Constitutional amendment.
â€œAs conservative Republicans, we are outraged that any Republicanâ€”particularly the leader of our party and this nationâ€”would support any effort to use our sacred United States Constitution as a way of scoring political points in an election year,â€ Guerriero said.
Candidate Bush promised in 2000 to be a â€œuniter, not a divider.â€ The effort to write discrimination into our Constitution with an anti-family amendment would divide America.
Candidate Bush ran as a compassionate conservative. There is nothing compassionate about discriminating against part of the American family. And there is nothing conservative about tinkering with our Constitution.
Candidate Bush ran as a governor who supported Federalism and statesâ€™ rights. This anti-family amendment runs counter to both those principles. And it runs counter to what Vice-President Cheney said during the 2000 campaign. Instead of allowing each state to decide this issue on its own, the President is pushing a purely political proposal to appease the radical right.
I assume that this may change how they will vote in November. That is, as second-class citizens, if they’re still allowed to vote.