Bush's Uncivil Union

The President Has Proposed Amending the Constitution to Define Marriage as a Union Between a Man and a Woman. Divided?


image NameAri Averbach, 20
ResidesManhattan
OccupationStudent

What do you think of Bush's proposed marriage amendment?I was watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show when the news of Bush's proposal on marriage interrupted it. I found that ironic. I don't agree with it because we're talking about two consenting adults. John Kerry says states' rights are being violated—he should be saying that human rights are being violated.


image NameJohn Sorensen, 45
ResidesManhattan
OccupationWriter

What do you think of Bush's proposed marriage amendment?Bush has the right to propose anything he wants to. I would agree with a lot of congressional Republicans who say the issue should make its way through the courts. I take this a little personally, as I've been dealing with a failed constitutional amend-ment for years, and have learned what a torturous process it is. I agree with the aspect of conservatism that doesn't like to toy with things.


image NameRudy Singh, 27
ResidesBrooklyn
OccupationJewelry manufacturer

What do you think of Bush's proposed marriage amendment?As much as I don't agree with what he's proposing, I think the issue should be debated publicly. I think representatives from the gay and lesbian community should debate the Bush administration. Everyone presents their side and there's a moderator. I don't know anything about civil unions—these past couple of days I've been working very hard.


image NamePaul Dobie, 42
ResidesManhattan
OccupationDirector

What do you think of Bush's proposed marriage amendment?It's ridiculous. I don't think Bush actually cares, but he has to do it to satisfy the conservatives. What are married people so concerned about? The "sanctity of marriage"? It's being portrayed as a black-and-white issue. This week I heard someone ask, "Now can I marry a duck?" Maybe we should be able to marry ducks.


image NameJordan Woods-Robinson, 19
ResidesManhattan
OccupationStudent

What do you think of Bush's proposed marriage amendment?Equally interesting was Arnold Schwarzenegger saying, "Gay marriage should be between a man and a woman." I think anyone who's a homophobe isn't comfortable with their sexuality. Bush doesn't understand most words in the English dictionary, let alone society's impulses.


image NameAlicia Harding, 20
ResidesManhattan
OccupationStudent

What do you think of Bush's proposed marriage amendment?I think it's wrong, and it's based on a fear of loss of power. It's a ballsy thing to do in an election year, to make such a strong statement on such a controversial issue. Gay unions are a way to placate gay voters and to keep them quiet, but I also think every little step is a step in the right direction and once they're put in place, they can't be taken back.


All Photographs: Anna Barry-Jester
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