With the election less than two weeks away, the Republican party is pulling out all of the stops to maintain control of the House and the Senate. Most people remember how important the issue of gay marriage was in the 2004 Presidential election and the hope is that it will work this time too. George Bush is among the Republicans raising the banner against same-sex marriages. The question is, will it work this time?

Using the same-sex marriage platform in 2004 did prove highly successful. Bush was able to divert attention from the Iraq war and focus it on gay marriage, an issue many Americans feel strongly about. A ruling in a New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday, stating that gay couples should be entitled to the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual couples, started the outraged cry.
Bush uttered words at an Iowa rally that may rise the ire of many. “Yesterday in New Jersey, we had another activist court issue a ruling that raises doubts about the institution of marriage”. The speech comes at a critical time for Republicans, when losing power in the House and Senate is at stake. Current election trends show that the Reuplicans are losing out to the Democrats in almost every national poll taken. Bush went on to say of marriage, “I believe it’s a sacred institution that is critical to the health of our society and the well-being of families, and it must be defended.”

Bush, although admirable for standing his ground with his personal beliefs, may have done more harm than good can bring about by rallying those who feel the same. With that statement, he has isolated many people. He has now isolated the gay community, gay couples who have families together, gay couples who want to have families together, relatives of the gay community and those that support the rights of gays to have families together. To say that prohibiting gay marriage (maintaing same-sex marriages only) is, “critical to the health of our society” is really a bit over-reaching. The President should not be deciding or commenting on such personal issues, taking them to the realm of morality.

I’ve never quite understood how gay marriage will water down or negatively effect, “the health of our society”. For Bush to view gay marriage or gay relationships in general, as morally reprehensible is fine. That is his personal belief, to which he is entitled to believe anything he chooses. However, when he brings it into the political arena, using it as a campaign bench, that has gone too far. Bush is not the moral judge of gay families, heterosexual families or America, no matter how ardently he believes in his moral convictions or how often he tells himself God the Almighty placed him in Office.

It completely baffles me that Bush isn’t raising the banner, crying that a rise in violent crimes or corrupt officials or even the lack of education US students are receiving, will be the denegration of society. No, he chooses to single out gay marriage. Bush, I’m right there with you on the border issue, but this time, you may have just pushed the envelope too far.

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