The looming Senate and House votes on a marriage amendment to the Constitution dominated the weekend airwaves. First Lady Laura Bush said on FoxNews that the issue shouldn't become a "campaign tool." We're the first to agree, because the institution of marriage transcends politics, but it's good for the White House to remember - and repeat - that liberal judges and left-wing activists are the ones who inflated this particular political football. Never outdone, Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean very publicly put his foot in his mouth on The 700 Club when he said the Democratic Party platform recognizes marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Sadly, it doesn't. Dean's comments were soon retracted--as so many of them are. Poor Dr. Dean is undergoing the trials of Job, whose story he once identified as his favorite book in the New Testament. Tripping over the marriage issue is, unfortunately, bi-partisan. Vice President Cheney's daughter Mary was featured--on Mother's Day--talking about her new book. In it, she writes of her homosexual orientation and her parents' acceptance of her. We urge all parents to love and accept their children unconditionally. That does not mean they must affirm their children's moral choices. Ben Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence--even though his son William was the Royal Governor of New Jersey. Love and duty are not mutually exclusive.