Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 18 2004 9:31 AM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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William Saletan William Saletan

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Question: If it were to come before you today for a vote, the issue of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as that between a man and a woman, would you vote yes or would you vote no?

Kerry: 1 2 About the rights, I believe that it is important in America not to di scriminate 3. I 4 believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 I'm for civil union. I'm for partnership rights and the full measure of no ndiscrimination 12.

—Democratic presidential primary debate, Milwaukee, Wisc., Feb, 15, 2004

[1] Well, it depends on the terminology

[2] because it depends on what it does with respect to civil unions and partnership rights.

[3] with respect to rights

[5] But I also believe that we ought to be able to not let marriage and the concept get in the way of respecting the rights of people to be able to visit a partner in a hospital, to be able to pass on property, to be able to live under the equal protection clause of the United States.

[6] And the question is whether or not that can be put in the Constitution.