Gerard V. Bradley in National Review Online January 22, 2004, 9:09 a.m.
"On Tuesday night, President Bush moved perceptibly closer to supporting a federal marriage amendment. But he stopped short of endorsing the idea, and gave no clue about which version — if any — he would ultimately get behind.
In his State of the Union address, Bush said, "Activist judges...have begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives. On an issue of such great consequence, the people's voice must be heard. If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process."
Now, if these words had passed the lips of our last president, one would scarcely be able to grasp their meaning. Bush makes no mention of an amendment at all. "Constitutional process" is a wide-open term..."