President Bush: Marriage
is Between a Man and a Woman
by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
August 4, 2003
press was 'loaded for bear' at President Bush's press conference
yesterday, and the corps asked questions covering the administration's
policy in Iraq, the infamous 'sixteen words,' and the nation's economic
condition. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas
decision, the President was also asked about homosexuality.
The President spoke of the need for Americans to
"respect each individual," but then went on to defend
the institution of marriage. "I believe in the sanctity of
marriage," he stated. "I believe a marriage is between
a man and woman. And I think we ought to codify that one way or
another. And we've got lawyers looking at the best way to do that."
Looking into what? The Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA],
signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, should be sufficient to
"codify" marriage as between a man and a woman and to
preclude homosexual marriage. The issue, of course, is what the
Supreme Court might do with DOMA when it is inevitably challenged.
Justice Antonin Scalia warned that the Lawrence v. Texas decision
paves the way for the court to declare gay marriage a constitutional
right. What the lawyers are considering is the need for a constitutional
amendment limiting marriage to legal heterosexual unions. Stay tuned--this
debate is going to be hot.