Julia Redpath Buckley, NPR
After a 12-year courtship, Brent Sverdloff, left, and Craig St. Clair of Brookline, Mass., were married in May.
As U.S. Senate leaders seek quick passage of a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages, the issue is also shaping up to be an important factor in the 2004 presidential race.
The Candidates on Gay MarriagePresident Bush, from a July 30, 2003, press conferenceBush, in his State of the Union speech Jan. 20, 2004 Bush, from comments at the White House, Feb. 24, 2003 Sen. Kerry, from remarks in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov, 24, 2003Kerry, on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages (from remarks in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov, 24, 2003)Kerry, from an interview with NPR's Melissa Block aired Feb. 9, 2004
President Bush has put his support behind the amendment. His likely Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, also opposes gay marriage but does not favor the federal amendment. The controversial issue could sway the election in Ohio and other key battleground states. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.