Feb. 24, 2004
Gingrey: Marriage amendment best for children
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, one of the earliest co-sponsors of the Marriage Amendment, welcomed President Bush's statements in favor the the legislation on Tuesday.
"Activist judges have pushed the Congress and the administration to take serious steps toward protecting the institution of marriage in the Constitution," Gingrey said. "The Constitution is a sacred document; amending it, in my opinion, should always be a last a resort, but amend it we must if judges will not uphold statutory law.
"Marriage is an institution established by God for one man and one woman. Traditional marriages lead to traditional families, a time-honored institution that's best for raising children in an atmosphere of love and support. For me, this is about the children.
"I don't care what they do in Vermont, Massachusetts or San Francisco. I do care about what happens on this issue in Georgia, and Georgians should be able to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman without the interference of a judge looking to make laws rather than interpret laws.
"As such, I will continue to push for an amendment to the Constitution that will allow Georgia and other states to limit marriages to a man and a woman. The president's support is much needed and much appreciated in their important endeavor."