Garrett Supports President Bush's Call for Federal Marriage Amendment
February 24, 2004, Washington, D.C. - Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) today supported President' Bush's call for a Federal Marriage Amendment, which will define marriage for purposes of federal law as a "union between a man and a woman."
"I support the President in his call for a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution," said Garrett. "Our kids need strong families, and strong families work best when kids have a mom and a dad at home, engaged in their lives. We rely on this definition of family for stability, prosperity, and vitality. When we tinker with that definition or allow courts to throw it out the window, we're in trouble."
The Federal Marriage Amendment was introduced in this Congress by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), and reads as follows:
Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
According to Garrett, gay marriage activists are using liberal judges to overturn the traditional definition of marriage.
"Unelected and unaccountable judges should not be able to overturn the legal definition of marriage," said Garrett. "These judges are attempting to redefine the sanctity of marriage in America. Judges should interpret the law - not write it."
The Amendment is supported by an ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse coalition of organizations called the Alliance for Marriage. It was originally introduced in the 107th Congress by a Democrat.