Cheney differs with Bush on amendment to ban gay marriage
A decision for the states
Sep 21, 2004
Shortly before the start of his party’s national convention, Vice President Dick Cheney surprised many of his and President Bush’s most conservative supporters by publicly differing with the president on the issue of same-sex marriage.
The next day, Republican Party officials ratified platform language that strongly endorses Bush’s support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The platform committee also declined to include a “unity plank” sought by some moderate GOP groups that would have acknowledged that differences exist amid party members on gay-rights and abortion-rights issues.