1/17/2005

Bush Will Not Lobby For Gay Marriage Amendment

Buried on page 2 of a Washington Post story about Bush's Iraq policy comes this tidbit...

On the domestic front, Bush said he would not lobby the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.

While seeking reelection, Bush voiced strong support for such a ban, and many political analysts credit this position for inspiring record turnout among evangelical Christians, who are fighting same-sex marriage at every juncture. Groups such as the Family Research Council have made the marriage amendment their top priority for the next four years.

The president said there is no reason to press for the amendment because so many senators are convinced that the Defense of Marriage Act -- which says states that outlaw same-sex unions do not have to recognize such marriages conducted outside their borders -- is sufficient. "Senators have made it clear that so long as DOMA is deemed constitutional, nothing will happen. I'd take their admonition seriously. . . . Until that changes, nothing will happen in the Senate."
I look at this as vindication of what I've been saying all along - Bush never really intended to amend the constitution. The brouhaha over the Federal Marriage Amendment has been nothing more than a complicated political dance that both sides took part in as a means of drumming up support and donations from their bases. Neither side expected FMA to pass. With the president's political capital now earmarked for other endeavors, there's not much reason to engage in a debate of sound and fury that will result in no change to the nation's laws.

Religious conservatives will shriek with outrage over being "betrayed", but the fact of the matter is that FMA was never going to receive anything more than a token push from the president in his second term. Those who thought otherwise were naively hopeful or blinded by their abject hatred of Bush.