JURIST Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh
PAPER CHASE NEWSBURSTDigest RSS feedFull RSS feed
Serious law. Primary sources. Global perspective.


Monday, June 05, 2006

Bush criticizes 'activist judges' in White House marriage amendment pitch
Joe Shaulis at 3:59 PM ET

[JURIST] President Bush Monday denounced "activist judges" who have struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] as he urged Congress to approve the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment [text, PDF] defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At a White House event, Bush said [transcript]:

Some argue that defining marriage should be left to the states. The fact is, state legislatures are trying to address this issue. But across the country, they are being thwarted by activist judges who are overturning the expressed will of their people. And these court decisions can have an impact on our whole nation.
The American Bar Association has already criticized the proposed amendment [text, PDF] as "trampl[ing] on the traditional authority of each state to establish its own laws governing civil marriage."

The Marriage Protection Amendment is being debated in the US Senate this week, following its approval by the Judiciary Committee last month [JURIST report]. But Senate Democrats and moderate Republicans are expected to block a final vote. To become law, a constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds majority in each house of Congress followed by ratification by three-quarters of the states. AP has more.





Link |  | print | subscribe | RSS feeds | latest newscast | Facebook page

For more legal news check the Paper Chase Archive...


LATEST LEGAL NEWS

 Federal appeals courts split on health care subsidies
1:03 PM ET, July 22

 HRW: FBI stings pushed people to terrorism
10:07 AM ET, July 22

 Obama signs order on LGBT job discrimination
9:07 AM ET, July 22

 click for more...

Get JURIST legal news delivered daily to your e-mail!

LATEST FORUM

Unprecedented Notice of Warrantless Wiretapping in a Closed Case
DOMESTIC
Ramzi Kassem
CUNY School of Law

ABOUT

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.

CONTACT

Paper Chase welcomes comments, tips and URLs from readers. E-mail us at JURIST@jurist.org