The President and Civil Unions
Interviewed by ABC's Charlie Gibson recently, the President said – according to the New York Times' copy of the transcript:
In an interview on Sunday with Charles Gibson, an anchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC, Mr. Bush said, "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." ABC, which broadcast part of the interview on Monday, is to broadcast the part about civil unions on Tuesday.The paper stresses the President's opposition to a plank in the platform, and Gibson was careful to be clear about it, but the bigger story, I think, is his position itself.
According to an ABC transcript, Mr. Gibson then noted to Mr. Bush that the Republican Party platform opposed civil unions.
"Well, I don't," Mr. Bush replied.
He added: "I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights. And I strongly believe that marriage ought to be defined as between a union between a man and a woman. Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others."
It is what I support, but I fear some homosexuals – either to oppose Bush or because the "smell blood" on the issue – will now hold out for "marriage" in a fit of "Call it 'marriage' or get the hook!"