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A Few Good Men

Are there any conservatives who still believe that the gay-marriage battle can--or even should--be won?

9:00 AM, Jul 14, 2003 • By LEE BOCKHORN
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Who will this person be? President Bush? Probably not. On cultural issues like this, the "uniter-not-a-divider" Bush usually emerges over the "bring-'em-on," "axis-of-evil" Bush. But make no mistake: The president, and every other politician in America, will have to take a position on the issue. It is no longer satisfactory merely to say, as so many do now, that "I personally oppose gay marriage and believe that marriage should remain the union of a man and a woman." This boilerplate answer simply invites obvious questions: What is one prepared to do to defend this understanding of marriage? If marriage is an institution essential to the well-being of children and the formation of citizens capable of self-government, what will politicians who personally hold that view do publicly to protect marriage from being diluted into something without form and void of meaning? For instance, will they support the ratification of the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution as the only sure means to prevent gay marriage from being judicially imposed nationwide?

These are questions that our political leaders, alas, cannot sidestep by adopting the cleverness of op-ed columnists.

Lee Bockhorn is associate editor at The Weekly Standard.