by Bruce Barry
Bob Corker's opinion? Um, no, it's from the NJ ruling itself, which Corker mindlessly describes as "yet one more example of activist, liberal judges creating bad law from the bench." Just what we need -- another senator who speaks before he thinks (or reads).
"We cannot escape the reality that the shared societal meaning of marriage -- passed down through the common law into our statutory law -- has always been the union of a man and a woman. To alter that meaning would render a profound change in the public consciousness of a social institution of ancient origin. When such change is not compelled by a constitutional imperative, it must come about through civil dialogue and reasoned discourse, and the considered judgment of the people in whom we place ultimate trust in our republican form of government....A court must discern not only the limits of its authority, but also when to exercise forebearance, recognizing that the legitimacy of its decisions rest on reason, not power. We will not short-circuit the democratic process from running its course."