- The Washington Times - Friday, October 17, 2003

President Bush declared this week Marriage Protection Week. “Marriage is a sacred institution, and its protection is essential to the continued strength of our society,” the president said. “Marriage Protection Week provides an opportunity to focus our efforts on preserving the sanctity of marriage and building strong and healthy marriages in America.” Moreover, he stated that “marriage is a union between a man and a woman,” calling on all Americans to join him and his administration to support the institution of marriage and all its benefits to society.

The announcement angered many Democrats who favor same-sex unions and oppose a constitutional amendment that would safeguard marriage as the union between a man and a woman. “The DNC has already declared its opposition to this amendment, which legal experts from both ends of the political spectrum have acknowledged would be used to repeal hundreds of laws enacted by state legislatures to provide basic benefits and rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Despite the Democrats’ opposition, polls show that a majority of Americans support Mr. Bush’s stance on marriage and oppose giving homosexual couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. According to the American Survey, 53 percent of Americans oppose homosexual marriage. Even among registered Democrats, one-third view the issue negatively, believing the ramifications would not be good for society. Forty percent of moderate voters also indicated their displeasure. Culture and Family Institute Director Robert Knight believes that “By promoting special ‘rights’ for people based on sexual deviancy, the Democratic National Committee continues to move itself completely away from mainstream America as it embraces an extreme agenda hostile to the traditional family.”

Recently in Arizona, an appellate court rejected a move by two homosexuals to gain legal status as a married couple. According to Appeals Court Judge Ann A. Scott Timmer, “Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any Arizona court has recognized that the fundamental right to marry includes the freedom to choose a same-sex spouse.”

Currently, there are seven cases pending in Massachusetts in which homosexual couples assert a 14th Amendment, equal-protection clause right to same-sex marriage. This litigation puts in dispute the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by Bill Clinton, which attempts to pre-empt state law and outlaw same-sex marriage.

We hope that the Massachusetts court will follow Arizona’s ruling. Marriage, as the union between a man and a woman, has been and remains the bedrock of civilization from the beginning of time. We support the president and his administration’s efforts to ensure that it remains so, both for the health of society and for future generations.

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