President Bush and California Bishops Oppose Judicial Activism

Thursday’s California Supreme Court ruling, imposing same-sex “marriage” on the state, has been criticized for its disregard for the will of the people, and for further deteriorating the already shaky foundations upon which the sacred institution of marriage stands.White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino, expressed President George Bush’s opposition to the judicial activism of yesterday’s decision.

“President Bush has always believed marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. It’s unfortunate when activist judges continue to seek to redefine marriage by court order – without regard for the will of the people.

“Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court illustrates that a federal constitutional amendment is the best way for the people to decide what marriage means. President Bush remains firmly committed to protecting the sanctity of marriage.” 

The Catholic Bishops Conference of California expressed disappointment and words of warning.

“Catholic teaching maintains that marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman joined in an intimate partnership of life and love – a union instituted by God for the mutual fulfillment of the husband and wife as well as for the procreation and education of children,” reaffirmed the Bishops.

“Today’s decision of California’s high court opens the door for policymakers to deconstruct traditional marriage and create another institution under the guise of equal protection.”

The California bishops also criticized the undemocratic judicial imposition of same-sex “marriage.”

“Proposition 22, which states, ‘Only marriage between one man and one woman is valid and recognized in California,’ passed eight years ago by a vote of 61.2 to 38.8 percent. That statute reflected the wisdom of the voters of California in retaining the traditional definition of marriage as a biological reality and a societal good.”

“Unfortunately, today, the Court saw fit to disregard the will of the majority of people of California,” observed the Bishops.

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