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So now Bush comes out and definitively says he'll support a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage.

President Bush (news - web sites) backed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage Tuesday, saying he wants to stop activist judges from changing the definition of the "most enduring human institution."

No, the most enduring human institution is prostitution.

But what really chaps my hide about this idiotic proposed amendment, and others such as the proposed flag-burning amendment and the worst amendment that actually passed--the 18th (prohibition), is the philosophical view that the Constitution is a document meant to uphold and insure rights.

In other words, the Constitution should be about the rights we have, not the ones we don't.

I realize that everyone may not agree with this view of the Constitution, but I think it's one that holds up and jives well with the intent of the framers.

It should be up to Congress to pass laws which may place limitations on fundamental rights, and the Supreme Court can then rule on how compatible those laws are with the basic rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

That's the way it should work, anyway.

I hope this idiotic initiative is like the flag-burning one, all bluster and bullshit, with no real support. But I'm afraid that it might actually have enough support to become a political reality.

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