February 24, 2004 - Posted at 4:53 p.m. CDT
WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush says he wants to stop judges from changing the definition of the "most enduring human institution." So he says he is going to support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
But he wants states to have the option of allowing civil unions between same-sex couples.
A group of gay Republicans is accusing Bush of "pandering to the radical right" by supporting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
But a group that supports a ban, the American Center for Law and Justice, is applauding Bush. It says it wants marriage to remain an institution between one man and one woman.
Meanwhile, Arkansas' First District Congressman Marion Berry released the following statement this afternoon regarding the issue: "I personally believe that marriage is, and should remain, a union between one man and one woman. The current law clearly states marriage is a union between only a man and a woman. I believe this law is adequate to protect the sanctity of marriage; as Congress continues to debate how best to address this issue, I will be advocating this point of view."