A Clear Difference: Allen Supports the Protection of Marriage
Senator Stands with Bolling, McDonnell in Support of Virginia Values
Webb Stands with D.C. Democrats Against Marriage Protection Amendment
Senator George Allen spoke at a rally this afternoon in support of the marriage protection amendment that will be featured on the ballot in Virginia this November. The event, sponsored by The Family Foundation of Virginia, the Valley Family Forum, and the VA4Marriage Coalition, attracted hundreds of supporters for the amendment, which has become one of the crucial issues in the Virginia Senate race.
The issue made national news yesterday when the New Jersey State Supreme Court "ruled that New Jersey must extend all the rights of marriage to gay couples." (Geoff Mulvihill, "NJ High Court Sends Gay Marriage Issue to the State Legislature," Associated Press, October 26, 2006)
Senator Allen immediately voiced his disappointment with the ruling, calling it another example of activist judges subverting the will of the people in the States.
During the rally at Hollins Road Baptist Church today, Senator Allen told supporters that they could count on him as someone who would always vote to protect marriage.
"I have long believed that the family is the most important institution in all of our society. It is more important than our State and local governments, the Governor, the Congress, or even the President. I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman - and on this issue, the will of the people is clear," Senator Allen said.
Senator Allen is a co-sponsor of the federal marriage amendment. Two prominent Virginia leaders spoke out about the clear contrast between Senator Allen and Jim Webb on the issue of marriage.
"The New Jersey Supreme Court ruling yesterday ought to open up a lot of people's eyes about what could happen to the institution of marriage in this country," Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling said. "There is only one candidate in this Senate race who wants to protect marriage in Virginia. Senator Allen's opponent stands with Clinton, Kennedy and Kerry and the rest of the liberals who oppose efforts to protect marriage. George Allen believes marriage ought to be between a man and a woman - it's one of the many reasons he is the right candidate for Virginia in this election."
Attorney General Bob McDonnell also noted that the difference between Virginians' values and those of the D.C. Democrats.
"George Allen supports traditional Virginia values. Jim Webb is aligned with the values of national liberal Democrats. That is a very important difference between the two candidates. On November 7th Virginians have the opportunity to protect traditional marriage in the Commonwealth. George Allen supports traditional marriage and this important amendment, and that is a critical distinction in his race for Senate. It is one of many reasons why I strongly support George Allen," he said.