As soon as President Bush announced February 24 that he supported a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman, Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.) trundled to the Senate floor to do what he has done so often before–attack the institution of marriage.

“By endorsing this shameful proposal,” said Kennedy, “President Bush will go down in history as the first President to try to write bias back into the Constitution.” Kennedy, of course, carved his own place in history at Chappaquiddick, where he left Mary Jo Kopechne in the back of his submerged Oldsmobile.