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WEIGHING IN: In his announcement, President Bush said amending the Constitution "is never to be undertaken lightly." He called a ban on same-sex marriages a matter of "national importance."

President Bush walks in to make an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004, that he will back a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in an attempt to halt same-sex unions like the thousands that have been allowed this month in San Francisco. AP Photo/Susan Walsh
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