President Bush says Americans should respect homosexuals, but he wants to make sure marriage is defined strictly as a union between a man and a woman.Sinners? That's like asking someone when did they stop beating their wife.
Government lawyers are exploring measures to enshrine that definition in the law, the president said Wednesday.
"I believe in the sanctity of marriage. I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought to codify that one way or the other," he said.
Still, he urged Americans not to ostracize gays.
"I am mindful that we're all sinners, and I caution those who may try to take the speck out of the neighbor's eye when they got a log in their own," the president said, invoking a biblical passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew.
"I think it is very important for our society to respect each individual, to welcome those with good hearts, to be a welcoming country," Bush said.
And what does the President's religious view of gays have to do with anything? The question is whether gays have the individual right to enter into a marriage contract. The president's faith may tell him no, but there is not a shred of reason in this universe that says two consenting adults ought not to be able to define their relationship on their own terms and have that relationship protected under the rule of law.