Gay Parents Feel Embattled by Bush Remark

By: Vicky Nguyen
By: Vicky Nguyen

President Bush announced last week he wants a federal law that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

The statement has outraged many gay advocates. And now many worry new laws will disrupt their families.

This is an emotional issue for many gay families as many feel this opens more doors to bigotry and discrimination.

We already have a constitutional amendment here in Nevada that says marriage is a union of man and woman, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act signed in 1996 defines marriage that way too.

So why add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

One family offers an argument against it.

Meet 16-year-old Katie Dolph, her brother Andy Crawford, and their two moms . . . Gail and Mickie.

"We do consider ourselves married," says Gail.

Together for 6 years, they are raising 4 children from 2 previous marriages. This new age Brady Bunch is - by all accounts - very happy.
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"I'm an AP student - Ii'm involved in school activities - I go to football games - I'm a normal highschooler," Katies says.

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"Really, 2 moms? You can't get any better," says Andy. "They always care about you and they teach me how to pick up girls."

The moms says they are disappointed but not surprised President Bush wants to amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between man and woman.

"Why do we want to spend the money, the energy what does this get us as a country?" asks Mickie Law, a lesiban parent.

They worry most about what it will do to their children by reviving stereotypes.

"They were so horrifying to my kids saying my family doesn't matter - my kids felt invalidated," said lesbian parent Gail Faulstich.

They say the federalization of a marriage definition won't do much to define what a true marriage or a true family really is.

"I call it family of choice. Choices you make to share love. The configuration can be anything," says Gail.

And this family plans to make its case, hoping their voices will be heard in Washington.

The Senate is expected to take up the issue after summer recess.

Changing the US Constitution will take a major effort though as the arguments will be passionate on both sides.


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