The papers, websites, and blogs are full of commentary on Bush’s declaration of support for the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). Here’s a sample:
Noam Schieber in The New Republic &c on why this may do more damage to the Republicans than the Democrats. Nick Confessore in TAPPED on pretty much the same idea with additional links to other writers. Salon’s War Room ’04 (subscription or Day Pass required) says that of course Bush declares war on gay marriage; after all, he’s a “war president.” The NY Times editorial says that Bush is trying to write bias into the Constitution. Most, if not all, of my colleagues in The Liberal Coalition have a say on it, including andante at Collective Sigh, the gang at corrente, NTodd at Dohiyi Mir, among many others. Among my friends in the Blog roll, check out Michael at Musing’s musings, Goldberg and Guthrie, Jesus’ General, and Roger Ailes.
As I noted a while back, it comes down to simple questions: How does the issue of whether or not two people can live together in a legally binding relationship actually threaten the rights of others and the welfare of the state? And, as the Miami Herald asks, does it deserve to push more important issues such as jobs, health care, education, and a xenophobic foreign policy off the stage? Is this what our choice in the election has come down to?
[Update – 12:35 p.m.: Here’s the link to the story about the 175 same-sex couples suing in Broward County as mentioned by Faithful Reader and Fellow South Floridian Greg.]