WASHINGTON, August 19, 2003 ( – An Associated Press survey has found that 53%  of Americans support passing a ban on homosexual marriage, compared to 41% against. The same majority opposes civil unions that would be the equivalent of marriage in all but name, while the same minority percentage support the idea.  The survey also suggests that presidential candidates could lose considerable voter support if they support homosexual marriage or civil unions. Four of the six Democratic candidates for president—Gov. Howard Dean, Rep. Dick Gephardt, Sen. Bob Graham, and Sen. John Kerry – support civil unions. Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Joe Lieberman support “benefits” for homosexual partners. All candidates have more or less issued public rallying cries for homosexual ‘rights’.  President George W. Bush’s position has been that homosexual marriage is not acceptable, but that tolerance of homosexuals as persons should be encouraged.  For newswire coverage: