Tony Perkins, Family Research Council
"The President was right on target when he said activist courts have left the American people no other recourse. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling was the starting gun for the marathon to protect the historical and traditionaldefinition of marriage. And that action led others in San Francisco and New Mexico to believe they could simply ignore the law and rewrite the definition of marriage. The President was right to say enough is enough.
"We look forward to working along side the President to see this amendment swiftly move through both houses of Congress. Just as the President used the weight of his office to secure drug benefits for seniors and tax cuts for families, we fully expect him to use his influence to preserve the institution of marriage for the future of our country."
"I'm delighted and pleased, but not surprised, that President Bush has announced his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment," stated Richard Land. "He has made it clear that he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman and he has now properly concluded that we have "reached the last resort" in preserving the sanctity of marriage. The only way the American people can make their voice heard on this issue is to avail themselves of the mechanism provided by the Founding Fathers, namely amending the United States Constitution.
"Nearly seventy percent of Americans do not want same-sex marriages legalized in America," said Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "The only way to keep activist judges from manipulating the court system and the Constitution's Full Faith & Credit Clause to force same-sex marriage on a population overwhelmingly opposed to it, is to trump their authority with the ultimate legal authority in this society, the United States Constitution.
Donald Wildmon, American Family Association
"Amending the Constitution is something not to be taken lightly, nor does it come easily. The president understands renegade judges and mayors are taking the law into their own hands, against the will of the people," he said.
James C. Dobson, Focus on the Family
"President Bush's endorsement of a federal marriage amendment today is the lynchpin in efforts to protect marriage in our country," Dobson said. "The president clearly understands that families formed through the union of one man and one woman are best for America and America's children. His comments should signal to Congress and the states that only an amendment to the U.S. Constitution can adequately address the inevitable showdown between the courts and the will of the American people as expressed through their elected representatives.
"The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's tyrannical Goodridge ruling and the recent issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco and New Mexico has confirmed what we have long known - marriage as it as been understood throughout human history is under attack in this country. We applaud President Bush's unequivocal support of a federal marriage amendment as the only solution to this constitutional crisis."
"President Bush today provided the clear and strong leadership we have come to expect during his presidency. His endorsement today of a constitutional marriage protection amendment to ensure that marriage in the United States remains the joining of only one man and one woman sends an important signal to the out-of-control judges and the cultural radicals who are trying to remake America. Massive majorities of the American people reject same-sex marriage. President Bush today has made it clear he will stand with them in this national debate."