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Kerry’s 'Opposition' to Gay Marriage
Self | 2-25-04 | Always Right

Posted on 02/25/2004 6:34:53 AM PST by Always Right

After the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling imposing gay marriage against the will of the people and the legislature, John Kerry told reporters on May 5, 2002, “I personally believe the court is not right…I don't support marriage. I never have. That's my position.” Yesterday, after President Bush announced his support of a Constitution Amendment banning gay marriage, Kerry reiterated that position, "I oppose gay marriage. I also oppose President Bush's attempt to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage,"

Just exactly how does Kerry ‘oppose’ gay marriage? Kerry opposes, at least for now, amending the US Constitution. Also, Kerry was one of only 14 Senators who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, which would have banned federal recognition of gay marriage for the purpose of any federal benefits. In his opposition, Kerry went as far as calling the DOMA, "unconstitutional, unprecedented, unnecessary and mean-spirited bill," and compared the law to the 1960’s efforts in the south to criminalize interracial marriages.

Kerry has also attacked the federal efforts as an infringement on states rights. However, when Massachusetts tried to act on their own to ban gay marriage in 2002, Kerry signed a letter which stated, "We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect on so many of our fellow residents."

So, Kerry is on record as believing a ban on gay marriage is not only bigoted and hateful, but is also 'unconstitutional' on the federal level and a ‘grave error’ on the state level. Just how exactly does Kerry oppose gay marriage, and which reported will be brave enough to ask the tough questions?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: constitution; gaymarriage; kerry; marriage
Can't wait for the media to stop Kerry from avoiding the tough questions. Of course, I am not exactly holding my breath.
1 posted on 02/25/2004 6:34:55 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
reported = reporter, spell checks don't catch everything.
2 posted on 02/25/2004 6:40:14 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
Believe what I say, not what I do....or, at least believe what I say today, because it is politically expedient.

Clintonesque version of strongly held convictions.
3 posted on 02/25/2004 6:40:42 AM PST by LOC1
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To: Always Right
So, Kerry is on record as believing a ban on gay marriage is not only bigoted and hateful, but is also 'unconstitutional' on the federal level and a ‘grave error’ on the state level.

He's a Democrat. He lies.

(Psssst. The homophobes were right after all. Pass it on.)

4 posted on 02/25/2004 6:40:43 AM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Always Right
Obviously, John Kerry does not have the backbone to be President. Of course, up until now, we've been having doubts about our current Commander in Chief. This year, it could be Skull-and-Bones man Kerry vs. Skull-and-Bones man Bush.
5 posted on 02/25/2004 6:42:23 AM PST by BrucefromMtVernon
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To: Always Right
Senator Flip Flop flops again.
6 posted on 02/25/2004 6:45:25 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: LOC1
Clintonesque version of strongly held convictions.

Unfortunately for the Dems, Kerry doesn't have the skills Clinton had to pull off the lies.

7 posted on 02/25/2004 6:46:32 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Peach
Senator Flip Flop flops again.

I don't see this as flip-flopping. I see this as an outright lie of what his real position is.

8 posted on 02/25/2004 6:47:47 AM PST by Always Right
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To: BrucefromMtVernon
Obviously, John Kerry does not have the backbone to be President.

Kerry is not only missing backbone, but is also missing honesty and he is missing charisma. Besides, his liberal record will haunt him on every position he takes.

9 posted on 02/25/2004 6:49:29 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
You know, you're right.
10 posted on 02/25/2004 6:50:41 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Always Right
"I wouldn't choose to tamper with the Constitution for political purposes!"
And the crowd began to shout...
"I share the same opposition to gay marriage!"
..."Oongawa! Oongawa!"
11 posted on 02/25/2004 6:51:37 AM PST by Savage Beast (Whom will the terrorists vote for? Not George W. Bush--that's for sure! ~Happy2BMe)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; goldstategop; eccentric; trebb; OldFriend; Maigrey; Dane; TonyRo76; ...
bump
12 posted on 02/25/2004 6:53:11 AM PST by Always Right
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To: BrucefromMtVernon
Of course, up until now, we've been having doubts about our current Commander in Chief.

Only in the minds of the disrupters ...

13 posted on 02/25/2004 6:55:29 AM PST by cinFLA
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To: Arrowhead1952; eeriegeno; PGalt; SW6906; gunnedah; randita; MEG33; Carolinamom
ping
14 posted on 02/25/2004 6:55:54 AM PST by Always Right
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ping
15 posted on 02/25/2004 6:58:18 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
“I don't support marriage. I never have. That's my position.”

Truer words never spoken.

16 posted on 02/25/2004 6:58:22 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (MEMRI, Lights the Corners of Their Minds!)
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To: Brad Cloven
Truer words never spoken.

LOL, I see what you mean. Taken out of context, Kerry's real position is revealed.

17 posted on 02/25/2004 7:00:41 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
I also oppose President Bush's attempt to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage,"

Does the Constitutional Amendment Bush Supports "Ban" Gay Marriage?

18 posted on 02/25/2004 7:01:47 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Bush Bot by choice)
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To: Always Right
The reporters are not asking the right questions (surprise, surprise). When are they going to say, "We know you oppose Gay Marriage, but what are you going to do about the Courts, and Mayors rewriting the laws that are in question?"

What the media seems to be trying to make the public believe,is that, you are either for Gay Marriage or against Gay Marriage, and not what truly is being played out. The courts are trying to legislate from the bench.

When will the media state clearly that because of the full faith and credit clause Sen. Kerry can't say he is for States rights in this issue, it is already too late for that. What would he direct his Attorney General (G_D forbid) to write in his opinion to SCOTUS in regards to the inevitable challenge?

19 posted on 02/25/2004 7:03:45 AM PST by codercpc
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To: Mike Darancette
Does the Constitutional Amendment Bush Supports "Ban" Gay Marriage?

I don't think Bush has proposed a specifically worded amendment, but blanketly endorsed any amendment that would ban gay marriage. I think Bush wants to keep the door open for civil unions though.

20 posted on 02/25/2004 7:04:23 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
Just heard on newsbreak- Kerry accusing Bush of flip flopping on the need for amendment. What a hypocrite.

Why do all the Kerry sounbites make the news?
21 posted on 02/25/2004 7:06:13 AM PST by bluegrass
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To: bluegrass
Just heard on newsbreak- Kerry accusing Bush of flip flopping on the need for amendment. What a hypocrite.

It is not a flip-flop when circumstances significantly change. There was no need for such an Amendment prior to a two months ago, but then activists judges and renegade mayors got into the picture...

22 posted on 02/25/2004 7:08:50 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
Totally agree. I should have clarified Kerry's the hypocrite.
23 posted on 02/25/2004 7:18:33 AM PST by bluegrass
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To: bluegrass
Rule of thumb: whatever Kerry accuses Bush of is actually what KERRY is guilty of. Works for me!
24 posted on 02/25/2004 7:21:18 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: BrucefromMtVernon
...speak for yourself. i've no doubts whatsoever about our fine President!...
25 posted on 02/25/2004 7:25:13 AM PST by cweese
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To: Carolinamom
Rule of thumb: whatever Kerry accuses Bush of is actually what KERRY is guilty of. Works for me!

That's more like a proven law than a rule of thumb.

26 posted on 02/25/2004 7:28:53 AM PST by Always Right
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To: BrucefromMtVernon
Speak for yourself. I have had no doubts at all about our current Commander in Chief. Never for one moment have I lost faith in the man and believe he is all that stands between us and anarchy and destruction.
27 posted on 02/25/2004 7:55:17 AM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: All
Comments????
28 posted on 02/25/2004 8:03:16 AM PST by Always Right
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To: bluegrass
Just heard on newsbreak- Kerry accusing Bush of flip flopping on the need for amendment. What a hypocrite.

Obviously, the "Flip-flop" label is hurting Kerry, so he has to try to reverse it on Bush. Just like everything was Bush AWOL on Job Creation, Bush AWOL on catching Ben Laden, Bush AWOL etc.

Since that's not working anymore, now they have to find a new counter-attack. I think that POTUS was clear that he was leaning towards a Constitutional Amendment, but that he was hoping that the State's might handle this correctly. Now it seems that we can't count on that, so POTUS is calling for Federal action.

29 posted on 02/25/2004 8:34:57 AM PST by DJtex
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To: Peach
Senator Flip Flop flops again.

30 posted on 02/25/2004 9:04:22 AM PST by atomicpossum (Only Hillary Will Lick Bush in '04!)
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To: All
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31 posted on 02/25/2004 9:20:21 AM PST by Always Right
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To: LOC1
PLEASE FREEP THIS POLL!
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-24-gay-marriage-survey.htm

My daughter reminded me of something that I am glad she did. Way back when, Clinton received tons of money from gay groups for his election and he started this gay militant revolution. Lets not forget that EVERY Dimrat that gets into office has had the backing of the gay groups.

Kerry is no different!
32 posted on 02/25/2004 11:18:03 AM PST by stopem
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To: atomicpossum
How FUNNY!! Good job!
33 posted on 02/25/2004 11:18:49 AM PST by stopem
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To: Always Right
Kerry has also attacked the federal efforts as an infringement on states rights. However, when Massachusetts tried to act on their own to ban gay marriage in 2002, Kerry signed a letter which stated, "We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect on so many of our fellow residents."

But now he's claiming he hasn't taken a stand on the Mass. gay marriage ban. And he'll get away with it, too -- heck, he said Monday that he hadn't even followed what was happening in San Francisco, and only one paper, The New York Post, even printed that!

34 posted on 02/25/2004 11:37:31 AM PST by NYCVirago
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Bump....I thought I would get more comments...
35 posted on 02/25/2004 1:48:45 PM PST by Always Right
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To: All
bump....
36 posted on 02/25/2004 2:51:17 PM PST by Always Right
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To: NYCVirago
he said Monday that he hadn't even followed what was happening in San Francisco

That is either a lie or incompetence. The largest primary in the campaign is only a week away, in CALIFORNIA, and he is unaware of a major political issue boiling here? Give me a break!
37 posted on 02/25/2004 2:56:07 PM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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Bump...
38 posted on 02/25/2004 4:13:22 PM PST by Always Right
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To: All
Bump..
39 posted on 02/25/2004 5:14:47 PM PST by Always Right
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To: BlueNgold
That is either a lie or incompetence. The largest primary in the campaign is only a week away, in CALIFORNIA, and he is unaware of a major political issue boiling here? Give me a break!

I didn't even think of that! You're absolutely right!

40 posted on 02/25/2004 7:00:50 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Always Right
Bump.
41 posted on 02/25/2004 7:55:14 PM PST by Always Right
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