WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY TONY SNOW: Whether it passes or not, as you know, Terry, there have been a number of cases where civil rights matters have risen on a number of occasions, and they've been brought up for repeated consideration by the United States Senate and other legislative bodies...Tony... you really did wind up in over your head in the deep end, here brother. For a moment, I almost feel sorry for you, then I remember you got it comin'. Hell, if Helen Thomas just up and got you between the eyes with a hypo dart, duct taped you into the back of her 1980 Volvo Wagon and left you doped up, dressed in lip stick and a leather jock strap at midnight down at the P-Street Beach park for all the rough traders, no court in the land would convict...
Impudent Press Slug: You mentioned civil rights. Are you comparing this to various civil rights measures which have come to the Congress over the years?
MR. SNOW: Not -- well, these -- it --
IPS: Is this a civil right?
MR. SNOW: Marriage? It actually -- what we're really talking about here is an attempt to try to maintain the traditional meaning of an institution that has maintained one meeting for -- meaning for a period of centuries. And furthermore --
IPS: And you would equate that with civil rights?
MR. SNOW: No, I'm just saying that I think -- well, I don't know. How do you define civil rights?
IPS: It's not up to me. Up to you.
MR. SNOW: Okay. Well, no, it's your question. So I -- if I --
MR. SNOW: I need to get a more precise definition.
Tony Snow, ladies & gentlemen, he'll be here all week... try the veal...