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SAGINAW NEWS — Bush's words closely sifted

February 3, 2005

“For Gary Glenn, president of the Midland-based American Family Association of Michigan, (President George W.) Bush has kept his promise to the faithful. ‘We heartily applaud and very much appreciate the president’s commitment,’ Glenn said, to use ‘all the resources available to him as president to put pressure on both houses of Congress’ to submit the legislation to make the (Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) reality.”

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SAGINAW NEWS
Saginaw, Michigan
February 3, 2005

Bush’s words closely sifted
by Barrie Barber

A renewed call

The Republican president’s renewed call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman surprised the Rev. Beth Rakestraw, a gay minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ Community Church in Midland. What caught Rakestraw, she said, is that Bush said after the election that he wouldn’t push for the amendment.
“I’m surprised that he flip-flopped, especially since he gave John Kerry such a hard time for that during the campaign,” she said. “I’m very frightened by the trend in our government that right-wing evangelicals are pursuing their own agenda,” she said. “They say there’s a gay agenda? What about the right-wing agenda? There is no gay agenda.”

For Gary Glenn, president of the Midland-based American Family Association of Michigan, Bush has kept his promise to the faithful.

“We heartily applaud and very much appreciate the president’s commitment,” Glenn said, to use “all the resources available to him as president to put pressure on both houses of Congress” to submit the legislation to make the amendment reality.

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