MEDIA WATCH: Gay marriage issue divides the country

Over the past few weeks, gay marriage has become a major topic for President Bush, sparked by the marriage licenses San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) has been issuing to gay couples. Shortly after Bush announced support for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, both Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards voiced their opposition to an amendment. Both continue to support state rights in this issue - a stance many gay couples view as insufficient support.

Over the past few weeks, gay marriage has become a major topic for President Bush, sparked by the marriage licenses San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) has been issuing to gay couples. Shortly after Bush announced support for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, both Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards voiced their opposition to an amendment. Both continue to support state rights in this issue - a stance many gay couples view as insufficient support.

Most frequent messages 1. President Bush backs the constitutional ban on gay marriage 2. John Kerry defends 1996 vote against Defense of Marriage Act 3. John Edwards opposes Defense of Marriage Act 4. Gay rights groups ready to issue election-year pass to Kerry on gay marriage issue 5. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issues marriage licenses to gay couples Based on 1,957 articles from major news outlets from February 23-27, 2004 Evaluation and analysis by Biz360

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