Tuesday, February 24, 2004

No Surprise

From the NY Times:

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.

In spite of the volatility of this topic and the fact that the Christian Coalition will make a fortune in fund-raising over it, I doubt the amendment will get out of the Senate. After all, more than 30 years after Roe vs. Wade we still don’t have the Anti-Abortion Amendment, and in the 1970’s we couldn’t get something as basic as the ERA passed. If anything, this debate may force more people out of the closet to stand up for their rights as it becomes clear that it’s targeted at a class of people, not just the act of marriage. So rail on, supercilious twits of the Religious Reich. Time, tide, and the innate human instinct for equality and fairness will prevail. I hope.