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PRESIDENT CALLS FOR AMENDING CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT MARRIAGE

President Bush on Tuesday said, "On a matter of such importance, the voice of the people must be heard. Activist courts have left the people with one recourse. If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America.

"Today I call upon the Congress to promptly pass, and to send to the states for ratification, an amendment to our Constitution defining and protecting marriage as a union of man and woman as husband and wife. The amendment should fully protect marriage, while leaving the state legislatures free to make their own choices in defining legal arrangements other than marriage."

Key Points:
- President Bush called for an amendment to defend the sanctity of marriage by "defining and protecting marriage as a union of a man and a woman as husband and wife"

- The President acted to defend marriage because a few activist judges and local officials have recently taken action to redefine a fundamental cornerstone of our society -- creating confusion instead of clarity.

- An amendment to the Constitution is not to be undertaken lightly, but the preservation of marriage rises to the level of national importance.

President's Full Remarks:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/02/20040224-2.html

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