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10/26/2004

 

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.

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."
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.

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!"

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