Notes: George W. Bush took time out from his London journey to say, "Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman," according to an Associated Press report carried by on November 19. He was responding to a ruling by Massachusetts' highest court that "same-sex couples are legally entitled to wed under the state constitution," as stated in another Associated Press piece on the same date in the Houston Chronicle.

Political analysts all over the map were opining that Republicans would try to make gay marriage the lynch-pin issue of the 2004 campaign. However, Bush does not want to lose the moderate vote and did not join in the ultra-conservative, ultra-mouthy Tom DeLay's call for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Meanwhile, some spineless Democrats immediately stated they were opposed to same-sex marriage, though some said they would approve of "civil union." Civil union is same-sex marriage without the mention of the word "marriage."

Surprisingly, conservative columnist David Brooks wrote a column in favor of gay marriage. I found his column sappy and self-righteous, but agreed with his conclusion. I can't imagine why people want big government to interfere in peoples' private lives
. 11.23.03