WASHINGTON, July 31, 2003 ( – U.S. President George Bush told the press yesterday that he supports a law to protect the traditional definition of marriage.  He indicated that such a law was already being worked on.  “I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman. And I think we ought to codify that one way or the other. And we’ve got lawyers looking at the best way to do that,” said Bush in response to a reporters question on the subject.  Bush said he believed it “very important for our society to respect each individual, to welcome those with good hearts, to be a welcoming country” but added that that “does not mean that somebody like me needs to compromise on an issue such as marriage. And that’s really where the issue is heading here in Washington, and that is the definition of marriage.”  See the Press Conference of the President in which he made the remarks: