Same-Sex Marriage and Election Year Politics

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President Bush and Senate Republicans have put same-sex marriage on this week's political agenda. Three days of debate began today on a Constitutional amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman. Nobody thinks it will pass, but everyone knows that Republicans need social-conservative voters to hold majorities in the House and the Senate. First Lady Laura Bush says the issue ought to be kept out of politics, but today, as promised, the President himself said again he supports such an amendment. Why do gays and lesbians insist on marriage when they have civil unions in many states? Would the proposed amendment write bigotry into the Constitution? Will many conservatives think a losing debate is too little too late? We'll hear about the pros, the cons and the politics.
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