Senator Allen's Statement on New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling
Senator Allen issued the following statement in response to today's ruling by the Supreme Court of New Jersey that legalizes same-sex marriage:
"Today'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 - I support protecting marriage from judges who do not understand their role: to interpret the law, not invent the law. My opponent does not.
"My 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: 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 Virginians'.
"This amendment does exactly what it says it does; it defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, and I'm for marriage between a man and a woman while my opponent is against it."