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Same-sex marriage

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President Bush calls for a debate on a Constitutional amendent defining marriage as a male-female union (January 20)
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Full transcript of President Bush's State of the Union address... 
• Part 1 -- Introduction 
• Part 2 -- War on terror 
• Part 3 -- Iraq 
• Part 4 -- Economy 
• Part 5 -- Health care 
• Part 6 -- Same-sex marriage 
• Part 7 -- Faith-based initiatives 
• Part 8 -- Closing 

A strong America must also value the institution of marriage.

I believe we should respect individuals as we take a principled stand for one of the most fundamental, enduring institutions of our civilization. Congress has already taken a stand on this issue by passing the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in 1996 by President Clinton. That statute protects marriage under federal law as the union of a man and a woman, and declares that one state may not redefine marriage for other states.

Activist judges, however, have begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives. On an issue of such great consequence, the people's voice must be heard. If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process. Our nation must defend the sanctity of marriage.

The outcome of this debate is important, and so is the way we conduct it. The same moral tradition that defines marriage also teaches that each individual has dignity and value in God's sight.

Part 7: Faith-based initiatives

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