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February 28th, 2004

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11:31 pm
Nice bit of reporting in CNN's story about President-select Bush's push for a federal denial-of-marriage-rights amendment:

“Four years ago, Bush — then a candidate for the White House — described the notion of same-sex marriage as a state issue....But in the wake of state court action in Massachusetts that has opened the door to a recognition of same-sex marriages and marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples in San Francisco, California, [he] is now calling for federal intervention.”

Plus ça change, plus c'est le même chose.

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Date:February 29th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
A few months ago I had little problem with Bush's position. We agreed on the process, let the States work it out for themselves, while disagreeing on the desired outcome. I didn't have much of a problem with something (such as Clinton's DOMA) specifically allowing states to ignore other states' gay marriages. I didn't think that this amendment was necessary since it was essentially just DOMA written into the Constitution and, well, we've already got DOMA.

Then I came to find out that not only was this amendment an unnecessary duplication of DOMA, but DOMA wasn't necessary either. Marriages have never been one of the "acts, records, and judicial proceedings" that fall under the full faith and credit clause (ironically enough, divorces are).

This whole thing is a red herring: Even without this amendment, Alabama will not be forced to honor Bob and Joe's Massachusetts marriage. At least it has no chance of actually passing. It's just Bush pandering to his base.

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