Tuesday, October 26, 2004
As NYT reporter Elizabeth Bumilller takes great pains to point out, the presidential endorsement of hot, humpy homo love directly below does not constitute a flip-flop. And Mr. Bush would certainly have repudiated his own party's platform much sooner if he had ever gotten around to reading it -- which he means to do eventually (it's in the same stack as the August 6, 2001 PDB):
In an interview on Sunday with Charles Gibson, an anchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC, Mr. Bush said, "I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so." ABC, which broadcast part of the interview on Monday, is to broadcast the part about civil unions on Tuesday.But not quite as wrong, we take it, as the unpardonable sin of mentioning that Dick Cheney has a LESBIAN DAUGHTER. Which is just, well, disgusting.
According to an ABC transcript, Mr. Gibson then noted to Mr. Bush that the Republican Party platform opposed civil unions.
"Well, I don't," Mr. Bush replied.
He added: "I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights. And I strongly believe that marriage ought to be defined as between a union between a man and a woman. Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others."
Mr. Gibson then asked, "So the Republican platform on that point, as far as you're concerned, is wrong?"
"Right," Mr. Bush replied.