Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Declaration of Intolerance: President Bush Proclaims Marriage Protection Week, Bringing the White House Closer Than Ever to Endorsing an Antigay Constitutional Amendment

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Declaration of Intolerance: President Bush Proclaims Marriage Protection Week, Bringing the White House Closer Than Ever to Endorsing an Antigay Constitutional Amendment

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It was only a White House proclamation, one of dozens issued every year. But to some, it marked the opening salvo in yet another culture war over gay issues as the country heads into an election year. President Bush declared that October 12-18 would be Marriage Protection Week, pledging that "marriage is a sacred institution, and its protection is essential to the continued strength of our society."

The proclamation went on to define marriage as "a union between a man and a woman." Bush has long been on the record opposing same-sex marriage, but the proclamation, which had been sought by a range of antigay groups, brings the president closer than he has ever been to endorsing the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, which would amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and government recognition of civil unions or domestic partnerships.

"This is going to be civil war in the Republican Party," said Patrick Guerriero, executive director of the national gay political group Log Cabin Republicans. "We are very disappointed to see Bush catering to the extraordinary hypocrisy of the antimarriage groups, which call themselves pro-family and then go around encouraging discrimination against gay and lesbian families. …

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