Bush defends war on Iraq, edges toward gay wedding ban
In State of the Union address
Feb 10, 2004
President Bush, speaking confidently and forcefully in his State of the Union address on January 20, defended the U.S.-led war on terrorism and efforts to establish democratic governments in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also affirmed his support of traditional marriage and urged Congress to codify his efforts to give faith-based organizations equal consideration for federal grants to provide social services.
The Republican president was most combative when asserting the rightness of the U.S. military invasion, conceding that “objections to war often come from principled motives” but adding that a worse fate was at hand had Iraq’s Saddam Hussein remained in power.