For social conservatives (that includes many Mormons) who think that President Bush actually shares their values, Bush’s recent statements on civil unions may come as a surprise. Here is an excerpt from an Oct. 27 story from Agape Press:
In an interview aired by ABC on October 26, President Bush dropped a bit of a shocker on conservatives when he told Charles Gibson on “Good Morning America” that while he remains opposed to homosexual marriage and supports a constitutional amendment that would prevent courts from imposing same-sex marriage on unwilling electorates, he is not so strongly opposed to civil unions.
“I don’t think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that’s what a state chooses to do,” the president stated. “[S]tates ought to be able to have the right to pass … laws that enable people to, you know, be able to have rights, like others.”
As noted by UPI, that is in sharp disagreement with the Republican Party platform. In fact, ABC’s Gibson followed up with: “So the Republican platform on that point, as far as you’re concerned, is wrong?” To which Bush replied: “Right.”
As expected, some pro-family leaders are obviously irritated at the president’s apparent change of direction. Bob Knight of the Culture and Family Institute says Bush “seems to be striving for neutrality while defending marriage itself.”
“Civil unions are a government endorsement of homosexuality,” Knight says. “But I don’t think President Bush has thought about it in that way.”
Me? I’m not surprised. I think it must be hard to be faithful to your Skull and Bones oaths while still maintaining true family values. Given all that the Book of Mormon says against secret combinations, it amazes me that most Mormons don’t seem to care that our current president is a member of an extremely powerful and secretive secret combination, as is his opponent. Hey, Nephites, will you vote for Kishkumen or Gadianton as your next chief judge?