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Former UN ambassador John Bolton against gay marriage amendment to US Constitution

This fall, California voters will decide whether to amend the state’s constitution to define marriage only as the union between a man and a woman. Activists are also pushing for a similar amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That’s where John Bolton would draw the line, the former American ambassador to the United Nations told KPCC’s Patt Morrison.

John Bolton: “I’m not in favor of excessive amendments to the Constitution. I think issues that are not addressed in the Constitution, abortion would be one of them, should be fought out at the political level. The Constitution didn’t solve every problem and it can’t be re-written into a phone book to solve every problem. I think by-and-large these issues are matters for the states and not for constitutional amendment.”

If Proposition 8 passes in November, it would overturn this spring’s state Supreme Court ruling that allowed gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot in California. Bolton is attending the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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