The Constitution and the Family
and the Log Cabin Republicans
have plenty to say in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. I think this may be the wrong issue entirely to campaign on, but I'm really not any more worried about it than the equally inappropriate anti-flag-burning amendment idea of years past. The scope of the Constitution is to define government, its powers and the limits on its powers. Everything not mentioned specifically in the U.S. Constitution is reserved for the states or the people, which is exactly how matters like marriage have been handled. It is and should remain a state issue. The existing Federal Defense of Marriage Act, as I understand it, is supposed to spare states that don't have civil union or gay marriage protections from recognizing couples from states who do.
In fairness to President Bush, the issue was indeed forced and was never a part of his agenda for this or the next term. I think Americans will remember what issues are really important and won't let something like this make them forget the undesirability of a Kerry administration.