[size=3]Man behind the marriage amendment
By Karen S. Peterson, USA TODAY
Matt Daniels, 40, is a man in the middle of a growing maelstrom, a newly minted mover and shaker.
Most Americans have never heard of him, but his influence is helping drive one of the country’s hottest issues. Daniels is the force behind the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages nationwide.
Passionate, dogged, savvy — physically imposing at 6-foot-4 — Daniels is a verbal whirlwind. The father of children ages 2 and 4 is a dogmatic, sometimes prickly force to be reckoned with, even when seated casually on a couch in his modest home in suburban Washington, D.C.
He is willing to change the Constitution to make his point that children should be raised in a home with a mom and a dad, a concept he says is being challenged in courtrooms around the country. Same-sex marriages, he says, are a “continuation of a path to destroying marriage.” Only a “constitutional fix” can roll back the tide. His solution: His fledgling organization, the Alliance for Marriage, engineered a federal marriage amendment.
His concept resonates with many conservatives. President Bush has endorsed it. Legislation is pending in both houses of Congress, and among heavyweight legislators signing on as sponsors is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
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