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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Sunday, February 29, 2004

    The week of the wedge issue 

    How excited are Republicans about the gay marriage debate? A whole lot.

    "GOP focuses on sanctity of marriage," read the headline on a Missouri GOP news release last week. The subhead read, "Republicans promote traditional values while Democrats seek to tear down fundamental institution."

    Bush's formal backing of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage will resonate all year. The raw emotion the issue generates is destined to attract conservatives, independents and even some Democrats who agree with the president.

    "Gay marriage is radioactive in a full thermonuclear way for Democrats," said Drake University political scientist Dennis Goldford.

    - Steve Kraske, Kansas City Star

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 11:03 AM



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