By Gudrun Schultz
NEW JERSEY, October 31, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Bush has repeatedly spoken out against the New Jersey Supreme Court during election campaign speeches over the past week, criticizing the court’s decision to grant legal recognition to homosexual couples.
“We believe in family values. We believe values are important,” President Bush said Monday, speaking to a crowd of 5,000 in Georgia. “And we believe marriage is a fundamental institution of civilization.”
In a controversial ruling October 25, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the state Legislature to grant same-sex couples all of the legal rights of marriage, either through legislative changes or by the creation of civil unions, withholding only the official title of “marriage.”
“For decades, activist judges have tried to redefine America by court order,” President Bush stated. “Just this last week in New Jersey, another activist court issued a ruling that raises doubt about the institution of marriage. We believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and I believe it’s a sacred institution that is critical to the health of our society and the well-being of families, and it must be defended.”
The president referred to his nominations to the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito, stating, “I believe I should continue to appoint judges who strictly interpret the law and not legislate for the bench.”
See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:
New Jersey Supreme Court Orders State to Give Homosexuals All Benefits of “Marriage” Except the Name “Marriage”