Reports & Research

Conservatives against amending the Constitution to ban civil marriage for same-sex couples

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July 17, 2004

Eight conservative elected officials, political leaders and columnists share why they oppose amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

  • “Constitutional amendments are not good places to make bumper sticker statements.” — Greg McNeilly, executive director, Michigan Republican Party
  • “We shouldn’t just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage.” — David Brooks, syndicated columnist
  • “I don’t think the Constitution was ever written and set up for those kinds of amendments. I think those kinds of issues are better left to the states.” — Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE)