It has long been a media talking point that then-President George W. Bush and his evil henchman Karl Rove were behind the diabolical scheme to put marriage initiatives on various states’ 2004 ballots in order to increase social conservative turnout, thus generating more votes for Republicans. Only problem is that they never came up with much evidence to support their claim, save their belief that Bush and Rove were horrible, no good, very bad men who would stop at nothing to secure a second term for the demon son of the 41st president.
Well, according to Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a group which defends traditional marriage, those two weren’t much help. He recalls that back in 2004, he sat
. . . in meetings with pro-marriage leaders, hearing them lament the lack of support they were receiving from Rove and the Bush Administration. Particularly, leaders from Ohio expressed frustration that the White House was ignoring their efforts to pass a marriage amendment in the state that put Bush over the top in 2004.
Let’s be clear: Bush did publicly support a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but his officials did little, if anything, to help enact the state marriage amendments.
Even in 2006, when eight more states added marriage amendments to their constitutions, the Bush White House stayed out of the battles. Perhaps Bush or Rove uttered some words of support for the state amendments, but they certainly did not initiate and lead the movement, nor do I believe they would claim to have done so.
Bush White House stayed out of these battles?!? You mean, they weren’t determined to make gay people into a “wedge issue” as various gay leaders have breathlessly told us.
There goes another anti-Bush narrative. Wonder if anyone in the media will take notice.