Allen & NJ (PS: I'm Still Alive)
I've been MIA at NOVA TH for months now due to my decision to commit what free time I have to supporting the Virginia Marriage Amendment and thus work to ensure that marriage is not left unnecessarily vulnerable to judicial activism and that the Commonwealth does not sanction (via judicial edict) a relationship designed to willfully deny children a mother or a father.
Itâ€™s been quite exhilarating to see the enthusiastic response to our efforts to protect marriage in Virginia as well as to witness the rejection of the anti-Marriage Amendment crowdâ€™s increasingly desperate and absurd declarations and obfuscations. Less than 2 weeks to go! Everyone should get out there and work hard because our opponents and their paid staff are certainly doing soâ€¦ we can take nothing for granted!
Anywaysâ€¦ just wanted to quickly post Senator Allenâ€™s response to the decision of four unelected New Jersey judges to force same-sex unions on that stateâ€™s residents (precisely what the Marriage Amendment is designed to protect against). Here it is, in full:
For Immediate Release: October 25, 2006 Contact: Press Office 703.845.3689
Senator Allenâ€™s Statement on New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling
ARLINGTON, VA â€“ Senator Allen issued the following statement in response to todayâ€™s ruling by the Supreme Court of New Jersey that legalizes same-sex marriage:
â€œTodayâ€™s decision by the NJ Supreme Court is another example of activist judges inventing the law and subverting the will of the people. This is why I support the marriage amendment, because it will protect the values and views of the people of Virginia from judges who would want to impose their elitist views on us. This is a clear difference between my opponent and me â€“ I support protecting marriage from judges who do not understand their role: to interpret the law, not invent the law. My opponent does not.
â€œMy opponent says that this amendment would infringe upon the rights of ordinary Virginians, and he opposes it. But I and many members of the Virginia Assembly joined in asking the Attorney General of Virginia to render an opinion. His response: â€˜I can find no legal basis for the proposition that passage of the marriage amendment will limit or infringe upon the ordinary civil and legal rights of unmarried Virginiansâ€™.
â€œThis amendment does exactly what it says it does; it defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, and Iâ€™m for marriage between a man and a woman while my opponent is against it.â€
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