Bush won't push for gay marriage ban in Senate
I hope that Falwell and Dobson are listening. YOU HAVE OFFICIALLY BEEN SH*T ON. He used your grassroots support to win, and now he’s leaving you in the dust. I also hope the White House is going to circle the wagons, because the religious Right is going to begin an assault on it like we have never seen. I can’t wait to grab some Freeper comments. (AFP):
President George W. Bush (news – web sites) will not actively seek to ban gay marriage in the United States during his second term in office, a stance certain to anger the social conservatives who helped re-elect him. The Washington Post asked Bush if he would aggressively lobby senators during his second term in office to pass an amendment outlawing marriage in all 50 states.
“I do believe it’s necessary,” Bush said Sunday. But he went on to imply that pursuing it in the US Senate, which must approve a constitutional amendment by 67 of its 100 votes, would be futile. Many Senators think the Defense of Marriage Act, an existing law that allows states not to recognize gay marriages enacted in other states, is sufficient, according to Bush.
“The point is, is that Senators have made it clear that so long as DOMA is deemed constitutional, nothing will happen. I’d take that admonition seriously,” Bush told the Post.
Now, having done a brief happy dance about this, the fact of the matter is that the Right is perfectly positioned, with so many local legislatures under GOP wingnut control, to continue rolling out the hateful, anti-gay marriage protection amendment around the country. Many of these will pass unless there is a herculean effort, in dollars and activism/outreach, to defeat the tidal wave of religious Right efforts.