President Bush noted that the U.S. must "value the institution of marriage." Photo by Eric Draper, White House
WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush neared the verge of endorsing a constitutional amendment protecting marriage but stopped short in his Jan. 20 State of the Union speech, leaving at least some pro-family advocates unsatisfied.
Near the close of his nearly hour-long address, the president said the United States must "value the institution of marriage." The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act "declares that one state may not redefine marriage for other states," Bush said. "Activist judges, however, have begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives.
"On an issue of such great consequence, the people's voice must be heard," the president said. "If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process. Our nation must defend the sanctity of marriage." Read More