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The amendment that doesn't

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Feb 26, 2004

In Massachusettss, Democrats are offering a "compromise amendment" to the state constitution. Since John Kerry endorses this "compromise," you know there's a catch.

Sure enough: the amendment would call for "civil unions" for gay couples.

Just a few weeks ago, defenders of marriage in Massachusetts might have thought they were getting off easy if the legislature allowed civil unions but stopped gay "marriage." That's because civil unions would have had only legislative approval; the law could have been overturned as soon as legislators recovered their senses. But this proposed amendment would enshrine civil unions in the constitution.

So the net effect of this amendment would be to defuse the public opposition to gay marriage. That's really all that it would accomplish.

And now why did Kerry endorse the measure? Because he realizes that President Bush, by backing a federal amendment that would really protect marriage, has grasped an enormously popular issue. This is Kerry's bid to look "moderate," while still giving gay-rights activists what they want.

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  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Feb. 27, 2004 6:50 PM ET USA

    I don't know, but isn't "civil union" the same as marriage without the religious ceremony?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2004 5:00 PM ET USA

    Once again, the "Methodist" President Bush is a much better "Catholic" than John Kerry. Three cheers for George W. Bush!

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Feb. 26, 2004 3:20 PM ET USA

    They sure are hell-bent on turning America into the new Sodom!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 26, 2004 10:19 AM ET USA

    I would like to know how Senator Kerry is observing Lent.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2004 8:27 AM ET USA

    Kerry is consistent, No clear cut decision on the Amdenment, but alowing the States to determine the outcome of Marriage is like allowing a fox in the chicken house. The evidence is clearly against leaving it up to the Sataes, when we have San Francisco, New Mexico and the wakos in Kerry's home State. The President presented a clear choice, the Federal Consitution defines marriage as between a male and a female, with plently of room for the States to do what they want on civil unions.

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