Days before the election, President Bush is falling back on a tried-and-true topic for mobilizing the base: fear of gay marriage.
“For decades, activist judges have tried to redefine America by court order,” Bush told a Georgia crowd Monday. “Just this last week in New Jersey, another activist court issued a ruling that raises doubt about the institution of marriage. We believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and should be defended.”
The court ruled that the state must extend to same-sex couples the same legal rights and benefits as married couples enjoy, either in marriage or civil unions — it’s up to the Legislature to decide.
In fact, Bush has expressed support in the past for civil unions for gay couples. “I don’t think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that’s what a state chooses to do so,” Bush said in a TV interview in 2004.
But that doesn’t make for a good applause line on the stump.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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