In a newspaper
interview Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
urged respect and sensitivity in the debate over same-sex
marriage. When asked her own views on the subject,
however, she ducked the question.
"This is an issue that can be debated and can be
discussed in our country with respect for every human
being," Rice told the News & Record of
Greensboro, N.C. "When we get into difficult debates
about social policy, we get into difficult debates
that touch people's lives. The only thing that I ask is that
Americans do it with a kind of sensitivity that real
individuals and real human beings are involved here."
In a major defeat for President Bush and other
Republicans who hope the issue will rally GOP voters
for the November elections, the Senate rejected by a
wide margin last week a constitutional amendment to ban
Asked for her opinion on the amendment, Rice
told the paper, "This is not my area of expertise or,
frankly, my area of concentration at this point."
(Sirius OutQ News)