Bush Backs Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

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President Bush, speaking from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, announces he will support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Feb. 24, 2004. Reuters Limited hide caption

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President Bush calls for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, saying he wants to stop activist judges from changing the definition of the institution. His remarks come as court decisions in Massachusetts and city officials in San Francisco have opened the door to gay marriages.

Such an amendment would require the approval of two-thirds of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) has proposed an amendment banning gay marriages. The text follows:

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.

ListenHear an interview with Musgrave about her proposed amendment.

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