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In an article entitled Gay marriages stir up conservatives again Mary Leonard discusses a political movement against gay marriage and activists aims to enact a federal constitutional amendment permitting only heterosexual marriage and making presidential candidates to take action on same-sex union Conservatives are trying to prevent gay rights from expanding by means of pulpits petitions and political action committees Reverend Jerry Falwell declared that he was pushing for a heterosexual marriage amendment in August The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution in June condemning homosexual marriage Similarly leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supported a constitutional amendment that would ban gay unions Member of the Arlington Group a coalition of 21 evangelical Christian and other conservative organizations will come together outside Washington to declare October 12 to 18 Marriage Promotion Week They plan to preach against gay marriage collect 1 million signatures for the amendment and they also plan on telling lawmakers to defend traditional family values Republican National Committee chairman Gillespie says that the federal marriage amendment may be addressed in the GOPs 2004 platform President Bush has not yet endorsed the amendment but comments on it saying that marriage is for a man and a woman Political analysts say that candidates could find traction in the gay marriage issue So far Howard Dean has not endorsed gay marriage but Democratic candidates Kucinich Sharpton and Braun have Still leaders of the Arlington Group say they will push every candidate for national and state office to vow their support for the amendment The article on a possible federal marriage amendment was interesting because it pertained to the whole amendment process and who has what rights Conservatives are trying to push for the amendment and so far theyve been starting petitions forming committees lobbying and collecting signatures to endorse the amendment Two thirds of the House and Senate and three fourths of the states must approve the amendment I think that
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