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Bush Affirms Support for Federal Amendment

"I will defend the sanctity of marriage against activist courts and local officials who want to redefine marriage. The union of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution.”
( [email protected] ) Mar 12, 2004 03:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON – President George Bush reaffirmed his commitment to the Federal amendment that would protect traditional marriage, through a satellite message sent to the National Association of Evangelicals’ Convention in Colorado, March 11, 2004.

"You're doing God's work with conviction and kindness," Bush said as he delivered his speech from the White House. "We're working to build a culture of life”

"I support a constitutional amendment to protect marriage as the union of a man and a woman," Bush, himself a born again Christian, said to the nationwide network of evangelical Christians. "I will defend the sanctity of marriage against activist courts and local officials who want to redefine marriage. The union of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution.”

Bush’s speech was received with a standing ovation from the delegates gathered for the NAE’s 62nd National Convention.

In addition to addressing gay “marriages,” the president said he would also continue to tout his decision to sign a ban on a type of late-term abortion, a move greatly praised by conservative Christians and pro-family groups nationwide.

"We will vigorously defend this law against any attempt to overturn it in the courts,” said Bush.

He also said he was working with the U.S. Congress to pass a "comprehensive and effective" ban on human cloning -- another hot button issue for Christian conservatives.