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The results of this poll
are even more surprising to me than the Mayor Ed Garza poll the previous day:
( Also see surprising Houston Chronicle and USA Today polls down column )

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll RESULT
Bush backs anti-gay marriage Constitutional Amendment
posted 11:50 a.m. - 11 p.m. Tuesday Feb 24, 2004
President Bush has called for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage.
I agree with him
Not a valid topic for national government
Other (make a comment)
Total votes 1122

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Comments from Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on gay marriage Comments are stacked, that is, the first Comment is at the bottom, second Comment is second from bottom, last message is at top.

instead of worrying about gay marriages, he should be more concerned about finding ways to keep heterosexual marriages intact and reducing the divorce rate. To say that gay marriages alter the definition of marriage is a joke. Cheating spouses and spousal abuse alter the definitions of marriage but I don't hear him speaking out against that. I suppose his own brother's marriage and divorce are okay then since they were heteros.

I think we should get government out of the marriage business altogether. Let citizens marry the partner of their choice in the religious or secular institution of their choice. Loving, committed families are good for society and they come in many forms.

I'm just stupid spam suckin' trailer trash (albeit a double wide). I'm also a male, heterosexual gringo, so I can't be expected to know much about these things. BUT (or BUTT, not sue about the spelling) if we're going to use the Constitution to define things let's go ahead and define everything within this one amendment. Let's define the "war on drugs".(DEA guys can shoot little girls); War on terror (guv agents can shoot anybody); War on this, war on that ( kill 'em all) Hell, I've considered myself a conservative GOP'er for decades, but I'm beginning to think (what a concept!!) that the Dixie Chicks might be (oughtabe) a viable 3rd party.

Left leaning weanies have forced this on us!

I just read some of the comments and felt the need to come back and make another. We need an amendment limiting marriage to people who can spell. Those who can't spell don't deserve equal protection under the law. And we certainly don't need them to reproduce!

It's nice to see that the people taking this poll for the most part have not abandoned true conservatism. It's nice to see the fringe radical right properly in the minority (at least at this point).

IF there has to be an amendment let the gay proponants apply for the amendment rather than the folks who feel the Constitution is just fine as it is. I would much prefer to see an amendment controlling the Federal Judges passing on opinions to met their own adgendas regardless of what the Constitution says.

Just another instance of the fanatical religious rights march toward a Theocracy

somebody needs to take control of the usa i thank God every day for Pres. Bush and his strong faith

Having read some of the recent comments I had to come back and comment again. One comment shows abject ignorance about the natural world. Homosexuality has been documented in more than 450 species of life. See Bruce Baghemil's book, "Biological Exhuberance." And another comment is so bizarre as to be laughable. What on earth makes that idiot think marriage will suddently cause gays to have sex in public? Further, these people seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that civil marriage provides 1,049 benefits and protections at the federal level alone. That's not even counting benefits and protections at state, county, municipal, and private levels. See

Shrub must be getting panicky. And it's so early in the election season!


There are no other animals that are homosexuals--only humans. Doesn't that tell you something?

I personally don't give a rats a-- -- but our children should not be subject to this dog eat dog lip locking that will go on in public. The impact would be mind boggling could you image a couple of gays one being a teacher kissing bye-bye lip locking in there car before entering school to teach your child whats right and wrong, give me a back it opens to many cans believe it ........

It may not be valid for our national government but if we continue to stand by and allow liberal's to circumvent the role of law we are headed down a slippery slope that we will never climb out of, make no mistake about it this is a culture war and if don't stop this we will become a secular nation where anything goes, is that what we want???????????????????

Unless the government wishes to make them exempt from paying income taxes, payroll taxes, etc., the government has no right to declare they are not allowed the full rights and privileges of other citizens.

Good Grief!! These people are not hurting anybody. Is this all these idiots have to raise hell about? Who cares if same-sex people care about each other. Is this somehow a threat to these holier-than-thou people who oppose it? What is their problem. There are much more important things to worry about. I find this whole thing just silly,

leave it up to the states

they can get lawyers to do the will stuff's disgusting to see the same sex doing anything in public..keep it in the closet

I know this country has some really BIG problems, but I also think our morality is going straight down the tubes. Maybe this will help establish some boundaries

I didn't think Bush could get any more embarrasing. And then today he did!

Stay out of our personal affairs

I don't understand the uproar. We allow junkies to consider themselves disabled to received Govt money, so why the worry over gay benefits?

Where is God, are we coming to the end?

Bush must be getting awfully desperate if he has to resort to this sort of gaybashing to gain support.

Its only a valid topic for national government because the states can not do their own thing in this area.

i oppose same sex marriage and i oppose homosexuality. if gays want to live together and inherit then they can do so by making wills. what is all the ruckus about. it appears that they want approval from the straight community and marriage is there way of justifying their actions

an amendment to ban flag burning would make flag burning illegal this does nothing! This is akin to not allowing gays to have a drivers license but they can still drive Bush must be desparate for a diversion

I hope all of those persons that think this is not a valid topic for government live in one state & that state is not Texas.

Thank God for President Bush for standing up against the faggots. To Hell with their "marriage"

Hindu religous law says a 60 year old man can marry a 12 year old girl. In Brazil 1st cousins can marry in the Catholic church. In West Africa, a man can marry over 100 wives. In Mexico a 50 year old man can marry a 10 year old girl with the family’s permission. No one cares. Gay marriage who cares? The right wing nut cases do. They say it is the deterioration of our culture. The very same culture they claim has been deteriorating since 1950. Scaaaaary. Really bad when have government in our lives to this extent.

Let them wed and pay the marrigage tax! Hell, it would dissolve the budget defecit!!! :)

Brad, Sadly to say,'Dubya's' at it again. What a goofball, doesn't he know about the 10th? Bruce N. Mt. Home, TX.

Our uniter not a divider president is using this as a wedge issue to distract us from real issues in the election.

Bush is playing a silly little game to distract people away from the real issues of importance, issues like his profligate spending, his lies, trying to persuade us that the exporting of American jobs overseas is good for the economy, etc. C'mon, Bush, we're not all as stupid as you are.

Enough with the wacko gay/lesbo agenda let them go back in the closet where they belong

Dubya is a shameless prostitute for the right wing christian zealots

Since when did anyone's civil rights become a matter for debate...?

I disagree with same sex unions, I do not believe they whould be allowed to be married, and we have entirely to many rules and laws already. But Mr. can invade a country for any reason, thinks he can do what ever he wants. Maybe this will define the guy.

Simple pandering for votes.

Aside from the fact that there are surely more pressing concerns, this should not be addressed as a Constitutional Amendment, but rather let the individual states decide what course they are willing to take.

I think they should let them get married. They let dog's get married so if they outlaw this they are putting them below dogs.

I don't believe the government should stick their nose in this issue. It also amazes at how people pick and choose the parts of the bible they want to follow and when they want to follow it.

He is just posing. He knows perfectly well that this will go nowhere but he will be viewed as a hero by his base of fanatical right wing evangelicals.

It is discrimination to not allow gays the right to marry. Religion must be kept out of it.

Fags are voting on more than one computer. To go from a tie to 2 to 1 means a block vote and a fix.

It is just another ploy by the president to distract voters from the real failures of his administration. He is apparently willing to wreak permanent damage to our constitution to deflect criticism away from his failed ecconomic, foreign and domestic policies

Who cares? I am more concerned about the fact Mel Gibson's dad thinks that Nazi Germany never killed any Jews.

I'm all for everyone participating in the marriage penalty and making a commitment. Lawyers will love the increase in divorce fees and will common-law apply?

This administration has done everything possible to veil what is happening in Iraq and Afganistan. If Pres. Bush really wants to pull a doosie, He should fly to California and marry Arnie.

At least we know where he stands.

Why not get rid of the liberal judges and JUST ENFORCE THE LAW!

Good for him!!

Again, so much for compassionate conservatism and states’ rights.

I just want to mention that there is a claus in the Constitution (full faith and credit claus, Article 4: Section 1) that requires every state to recognize licenses issued in another state. The Federal government did respond to this by passing the "Defense of Marriage Act," which does define marriage, specifically, as a union between a man and a woman.

Bush continues to abuse his powers. He should be relieved from office by the same court that put him into office. He definately doesn't know how to run this country because if he did he would see that his powers are limited by the constitution. He has done more than any president to TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS, i.e. Constitutional Rights and Human Rights. He is a deplorable

This man is scary!!!

I agree that marriage should be only between a man and a woman and since the state sanctions marriage through its liscensing then it has the responsibility and duty to define it. I support President Bush in calling for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman only - effectively banning same sex marriage

it should be a local and/or church issue not a fed issue

I agree with him. If the government uses marriatal status for taxes then they should define the term. The religious and government definitions don't have to coincide just as religious and secular laws aren't identical.

For better or for worse--let the states do thir job!!! jay

none of the goverments buisness

Enough with the wacko gay/lesbo agenda let them go back in the closet where they belong

add; furthermore any such marriage between a man and a woman, in order to further strengthen the pureness of this union, could only be dissolved by a 3/4 vote of Congress.

Brad you sure have a knack for pissing people off.

the definition of "marriage" is between a man and a woman... when our government sees that the states are doing something WRONG then, yes it should step in and try to correct the wrongness

Smells like a election year smokescreen to me.

Here is the text of the proposed amendment: Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups. It sure seems to me that the language,"legal incidents thereof" can be construed to cut out a lot of other issues that affect gay people, not just the marriage idea.

I think it's a cheap political trick attempting to recover the religious extremist support he's been losing.


Wouldn't J. Edgar Hoover be proud of George W. and Karl Rove.

Where was Uncle Sam when I got married. If anyone needed protection from marriage, it was me!!

The dictionary DOES NOT specify a man and a woman. It DOES specify 2 people

Wow, I can't believe the results of this poll. President Bush DID leave the door open for states to make civil unions legal. I do NOT want marriage redefined by absolutely anyone who feels they have a valid point. Thanks

Keep the federal toadies out of peoples private lives--and stop messing with things that are state and local issues.

Gotta have some common sense in our country.

How about the sancitity of the Constitution?

State's Rights Issue. However, I do worry about how the "gay people" can and do get their agenda out in the public, and get it passed. This is always done under the basis of discrimination. And "straight people" get the shaft when we try to get our agenda and issues out in the public. triangles at school, tax money paying for their sex-change operations, gay-pride parades (but if we have a straight parade, they scream at us).....and the media....are all media outlets owned by gays or transexuals?

I feel there are enough problems Bush needs to deal with this is not one of them. Maybe he should talk to his brother Neil about marriage. It used to be people of different races could not get married that was wrong also. If it is not hurting anyone they should go for it. Sandra Ortez.

The queer crowd will get their way EVENTUALLY but the more road blocks to their adjenda the better - we don't need our nation to approve ove their adjenda -- Sodom was distroyed for this sinful life style

what a waste of time, CLOSE THE BORDER GEORGE!!

i think this is a topic that the states should be dealing with.

He's pandering to the religious right; traditional marriage (though I've happily been in one for 39 years) is hardly failure-proof these days with its 50% divorce rate. Let's have justice for all.

Brad, I hope nobody who is divorced votes for the "sanctity" of marriage.

Its time that we stop catering to Minority Groups trying to rule the Country.

The whole purpose of Bush and this amendment is to 1. Satisfy those crazy far right religion nuts that have hijacked the Republican party and 2. Keep everyone's attention AWAY from important issues like the economy, the war in Iraq, the lies that this administration has told since the beginning, and any other thing that Bush needs the voters to not be thinking about now as they contemplate who to vote for in November.


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and how about this USA Today poll? Where is the overwhelming support for Bush's anti-gay scheme?



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