Candidate Profile: George W. Bush
President Bush's proposed a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage in such a way as to ban same-sex marriage.
Leaving it to the states would most likely ultimately lead to a Loving vs. Virginia type conflict, a conflict which most likely would be resolved in favor of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians as analyzed by Richard Harrold, which is probably why Bush is pushing for a more permanent solution.
A search of the Bush official campaign site for the words "gay" and "homosexual" return the following results:
Well, I guess thatis better than "homosexual" for which there were no results at all.
What He Has Said:
ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Q: What is your position on gay marriage?
BUSH: Iím not for gay marriage. I think marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. I appreciated the way the administration signed the Defense of Marriage Act. I presume the vice president supported it.
GORE: I agree with that, and I did support that law. But I think that we should find a way to allow some kind of civic unions. And I basically agree with Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman, and I think the three of us have one view and the governor has another view.
BUSH: Iím not sure what kind of view heís ascribing to me. One day he says he agrees with me, then he says he doesnít. I will be a tolerant person. Iíve been a tolerant person all my life. I just happen to believe strongly that marriage is between a man and a woman. I donít really think itís any of my concern how you conduct your sex life. Thatís a private matter. I support equal rights but not special rights for people.
MORE ON MARRIAGE
Q: So if you have gays working for you, thatís fine and you donít have a
problem-youíd appoint gays in the Cabinet and so forth.
ON GAY ADOPTIONBush invited us, a dozen gay Republicans, after heíd refused to meet with a gay Republican group that criticized him. Bush didnít like everything we had to say. I was struck with his lack of familiarity with the issues, as well as by his desire to learn.
Bush admitted that, growing up in Texas, he had not been as open to elements of Americaís diverse culture. He had a narrow set of friends and a firm set of traditions. But he was surprised and dismayed to hear that people saw him as intolerant. ďWhat have I said that sent that signal?ď he asked repeatedly.
He assured us he would hire gays who both were qualified and shared his political views. When one of us talked about his lesbian sister and her partner adopting children, he acknowledged his often-stated belief that gays should not adopt.
Though Bush was attentive--and does show a willingness to hear all sides--I donít think we changed his positions. He still opposes gay marriage and opposes classifying crimes against gays as hate crimes.
GAYS IN BOY SCOUTS
Bush disagrees with the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that said the Boy Scouts of America must accept gays in their organization. ďI believe the Boy Scouts is a private organization and they should be able to set the standards that they choose to set,Ē Bush said
MORE ON MARRIAGE
"The union of a man and a woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith," Bush said.
"Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society."
What He Has Done:
Bush Names Extremist Who Called AIDS "Gay Plague" to AIDS Panel
Fact: "Bush has supported a Texas law that allows the state to take adopted children from gay and lesbian couples to place the kids with straight couples." Salon, 10/12/00. "Bush supports hate crime protections for other minorities! So Bush doesn't believe that gays should have the same 'special' rights in this regard as blacks, Jews, Wiccans and others. Employment discrimination? Again, Bush supports those rights for other Americans, but not gays. Military service? Bush again supports the right to military service for all qualified people--as long as they don't tell anyone they're gay. Marriage? How on earth is that a special right when every heterosexual in America already has it? But again, Bush thinks it should be out-of-bounds for gays. What else is there? The right to privacy? Nuh-huh. Bush supports a gays-only sodomy law in his own state that criminalizes consensual sex in private between two homosexuals." New Republic, 10/13/00
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