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Marriage Amendment is Political Pandering of the Worst Kind

June 5, 2006
Press Release

June 5, 2006 - Rep. John Lewis was deeply dismayed by President Bush's support of the Senate proposal to constitutionally define marriage, as an attempt to ban state recognition of same-sex marriage.

"I have fought too long and too hard, "said Rep. John Lewis, "to abolish legalized discrimination in America to be silent when the President of the United States advocates writing it into the U.S. Constitution. This marriage amendment is political pandering of the worst kind. And I think the American people see this Administration's sudden, renewed interest in it for the cynical political ploy that it really is. The American people realize that the only time they hear about the need to protect the sanctity of marriage is during an election season. President Bush and his supporters used this amendment in the last election, and they are using it now, to distract American voters from the missteps of a failed White House.

"The President and his supporters want to whip voters into an emotional frenzy so they will forget about price gouging at the gas pump and this Administration's ties to big oil. They hope Americans will forget about the human cost of a misguided war in Iraq or the failures of the Medicare prescription drug program. But Americans will not forget how they were abandoned during Hurricane Katrina, how budget cuts have left working families, college students, veterans, the poor, the sick, the elderly and the disabled almost defenseless against an economic policy that works for the rich but is pushing working Americans into poverty. This is deceptive, misleading, divisive politics that shows no regard for the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution and no respect for the dignity or the intelligence of the American people."