-2004: Bush called on Congress to extend the Patriot Act, set to expire in 2005. With the budget deficit mushrooming, the president proposed few new domestic initiatives. He backed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
The gay-marriage proposal flared briefly as a campaign issue, then receded. The Patriot Act was not extended.
I don’t believe Bush really hates gay people enough to want to ban same-sex marriage. But he does hate them enough to use gay bashing as a campaign issue. It did a great job diverting debate away from Bush’s failure to capture Osama bin Laden, the wasteful war in Iraq, and his failed energy policies.