So this is our compassionate conservative president. Don’t know how good his grasp of the English language is, but Bush’s proposal to amend the constitution to ban gay marriages strikes me as fairly uncompassionate and surprisingly radical.
Lots of people up in arms about this one, e.g.:
- Oliver Willis (and here, and here)
- Josh Marshall, who makes the extremely cogent point that the president is making no friends in Congress with this move
- Mathew Gross, who thinks the president’s move here as a pander to the religious right will hurt his standing with soccer moms
- Andrew Sullivan
And all for what? To keep people like Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who had been together for 51 years, from celebrating their commitment to each other.
Maybe we ought to be amending the Constitution to do something about Bennifer and Britney. But Phyllis and Del? And my gay friends whose relationships illustrate new dimensions of love, respect, and fidelity? I say, leave my Constitution alone.