here's the thing i don't get....how in hell bush can try to ban gay marriage and then preach separation of church and state. the last i checked, marriage was a religious action with minimal legal ties (taxes and such.) so how can he advocate both? IMO he needs to just drop it, gays have just as much right to the legal benefits of lifelong companionship as heterosexuals do. In fact, i think its more of a punishment to deny them that right than anything else.....on a final note, if "all men are created equal" and the purpose of the constitution and bill of rights is to protect the unanlienable rights of all man, and marriage is provided for, then shouldn't homosexuals be guaranteed the right to marriage as well?