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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

 

Bush Without Irony

From the President’s remarks yesterday, in Topeka:

Fifty years ago today, nine judges announced that they had looked at the Constitution and saw no justification for the segregation and humiliation of an entire race.

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And however it was defended, segregation could never be squared with the ideals of America.

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On this day, in this place, we remember with gratitude the good souls who saw a great wrong, and stood their ground, and won their case.

En route to make that speech, Bush also released this statement:
The sacred institution of marriage should not be redefined by a few activist judges. All Americans have a right to be heard in this debate. I called on the Congress to pass, and to send to the states for ratification, an amendment to our Constitution defining and protecting marriage as a union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. The need for that amendment is still urgent, and I repeat that call today.

Leaving aside for the moment, Mr. President, your profound confusion regarding the roles of church and state, let me sum it up for you.

Six months ago, judges in Massachusetts looked at their constitution and saw no justification for excluding an entire class of citizens from the rights & benefits of marriage. For this principled & constitutional stance, you deride them as ‘activists.”

To those good souls in Massachusetts who also saw a great wrong, stood their ground, and won their case -- you have shown no gratitude.

Instead, to those who cloak their prejudices in religious beliefs, you have shown your true colors. However you may defend your position, Mr. President, it can never be squared with the ideals of America.


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