President Bush promoting US ban on gay marriage

George W Bush, the US president, will promote a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the eve of a Senate vote next week, weighing in on an issue that could rally his wavering conservative base in an election year.
Though the proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage stands little chance of passing, it is one of several hot-button causes Republicans are championing to appeal to right-wing voters ahead of November’s congressional ballot.
Bush planned to use his weekly radio address on Saturday and a White House speech yesterday to push for the amendment that would allow states to recognise only marriages between men and women, administration officials said. – world/north_america

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