Bowling Green's Gay Community Reacts to Gay Marriage Amendment

By Jon Hardison | 

Bowling Green's gay and lesbian community reacted swiftly and negatively to President Bush's announcement Tuesday that he supports a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman only.

Gay marriage supporters who spoke to WBKO say they are seeking the same rights and privileges afforded heterosexual couples under the law. They say a ban on same sex unions is a civil rights violation and a form of discrimination.

"If I'm with someone I love for the rest of my life, I would like to be able to marry them whether they're a man or a woman," said Drew Wollin, an openly gay man.

President Bush and his supporters say the institution of marriage is a foundational social and religious principle that has always been defined as the union of a man and woman, and should be protected as such.

Bush says he supports some form of civil unions for homosexual couples, but would seek to ban gay marriages.