Success! Defenders Holding the Line against Same-Sex “Marriage”—Activists Discouraged By Week’s Events

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News from the Trenches Good as Citizens Rally Against Nationwide Assault on Marriage:

The gay activists’ stated “6 by 12″ strategy has hit major roadblocks this week as citizens rallied nationwide to protect marriage.  In state after state, efforts to marginalize marriage lost steam and in some states, the issue seems to have reached critical mass.  Thank you to the People!

Vermont: Same-sex “Marriage” Legislation (S.115) faces Veto:

Governor Jim Douglas (R) has said he would veto any ssm bills that come to his desk.  Opposition to the anti-marriage legislation has been stiff and proponents are no longer sure they have the votes to override the promised veto.  Thank You Jim!

New Hampshire: Same-sex “Marriage” Legislation (HB 436) faces Veto:

In New Hampshire, Democrat leaders were shocked by the degree and intensity of public outcry.  Their slam dunk has turned into a hard-fought battle such that the Democratic governor of the state, John Lynch, has promised to veto the bill, and along with Vermont’s governor is urging legislators to get back to the people’s business.

Maine: Same-sex “Marriage” Legislation Coming Up:

In Maine, a bill to legalize gay marriage has nearly 60 co-sponsors in the Legislature. Gov. John Baldacci, who opposes gay marriage, says he hasn’t taken a position on the measure.

Hawaii: Civil Union Law (HB 444) Stalled Indefinitely:

The bill that threatened to legalize civil unions in Hawaii is stuck in the Senate Committee and appears to be dead after committee members voted this week against sending it to the Senate floor for a vote.  After weeks of protests and outcry from the citizens of Hawaii in support of traditional marriage, the votes in the legislature dwindled and supporters of the bill say there is not enough momentum for it to pass. Read the story here.

Iowa: Waiting for the State Supreme Court:

Iowans are anxiously awaiting the decision of their State Supreme Court on the marriage issue.  Stay tuned on this one.  The decision could come any day.

California: Opposition Taking Aim at Prop 8:

As Californians wait for the official decision of the State Supreme Court on the constitutionality of proposition 8,  two proposed amendments have been filed to try to overturn Prop 8.  One proposes to actually abolish marriage itself. Meanwhile TWO California polls show increasing support for proposition 8 and traditional marriage.  Gay activists have vilified, persecuted, and threatened marriage supporters, and the newest polls are reflecting the public’s response:

Pestered Prop 8 Donors File Suit
Washington Times
March 23, 2009

“Anybody who’s in California knows that it’s very widespread,” said Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, one of the biggest contributors to Proposition 8 and a joint plaintiff in the lawsuit. “Every donor has a story. I talked to a $100 donor the other day who had a note in his mailbox that said, ‘I know where you live and you’re going to pay.’

“These are just hardworking people who believe marriage is a union of a man and a woman and who never expected to be threatened in their homes,” Mr. Brown said. Read More >>

Marriage is a unique bond between a husband and wife. No politician or judge should try to interfere in that union, and no intimidation tactics will sway us.  Our children, grandchildren and families depend on the stability of Marriage.  This is the fight of our generation.

The outlook is looking up this week thanks to the voices of thousands who called their reps, phoned, blogged, wrote letters and rallied in their states!  Thank you all!  The outpouring has been tremendous.  There are still many battles coming up, including the fight to protect the DOMA, a national law supporting families that Obama has said he will try to repeal.

I read recently on a popular opposition blog that they just can’t understand where we got all the support so quickly……

Where Did Everybody Go?
Pam’s House Blend
March 21, 2009

We’re holding our third Action Fair tomorrow, the first in Central Jersey. The turnout for the first two was respectable. Having at least 50 participants at the second gathering, this early in the game, I considered a “success”. Yet after receiving updates on Maggie Gallagher’s efforts from the National Organization for Marriage headquartered in Princeton, it appears that the opposition, once again, is more organized and has recently motivated their supporters to call their legislators every day.
Read More >>

We’re out there and we’re making a difference!  Keep up the good fight! Don’t forget to support the groups who are out there fighting the good fight in the states under siege.  Pro-Family groups will be running ads in the hardest hit states this next week to support marriage and continue the momentum.  Every little bit helps! They can’t do it without us!

—Beetle Blogger

Holding for Families Against the Tide in the North East

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North East States and Families Under Siege

The battle is getting heavy in the North East States, but in Vermont it has been especially tough the last few weeks.  The VT Senate has already approved legislation that would make same-sex “marriage” legal in Vermont.  The House is expected to also pass this legislation, some think by the end of the week.

The opposition to marriage has come heavily from out of state as SSMers try to win back the inevitability they lost in the 2008 elections when millions stood up in defense of families.

Their goals are openly stated in their “Six by 12″ strategy as reported in the Washington Times:

“Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, known as GLAD, has launched a first-of-its-kind regional campaign aimed at winning approval for same-sex marriage in the six-state New England region by 2012.

Same-sex marriage is already legal in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a result of court decisions in cases brought by GLAD lawyers. The 2003 Massachusetts decision was the first in the nation, while the Connecticut ruling went into effect Nov. 12.

“We can make New England a marriage-equality zone by strategically combining existing legal, electoral and on-the-ground know-how to fast-track marriage in every New England state,” GLAD Executive Director Lee Swislow said.

“By 2012, we not only can have marriage equality throughout New England, we can have a road map for the rest of the country,” she said. —Washington Times

Six states by 2012.  That’s the stated goal, and already they are making headway.  Today in New Hampshire, the House voted to REJECT same-sex marriage legislation there.  They voted 183-182 in favor of families!  Moments later, they called a vote to reconsider and pressured three  legislators into flipping their votes.  We lost in NH today because of those three votes.

3 votes!  It came down to 3 votes!  The power of each individual in this fight is enormous.  Contrast those who couldn’t stand strong with what Governor Jim Douglas did in Vermont last night.

Last night, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas held a brief press conference and withstanding the opposition, openly declared his support for marriage and family, and vowed to veto same-sex “marriage” legislation in his state.  –NOM

As a red governor in a blue state, what governor Douglas did yesterday is reminiscent of the legend of the Little Dutch Boy—holding back calamity with his finger in the dyke.  One man!  The fight in Vermont is coming down to the vote of one man!

It may cost him politically, in fact, the opposition’s response to his statement has been fierce, but it was the right thing to do.  Thank You Governor Douglas!  How often have we wished for good politicians who will do the right thing even in the face of severe opposition?

The popular four term governor just recently won re-election and has been the hope of Vermont against the outside influences flooding the state in opposition to marriage.

What happens in Vermont and New Hampshire, happens to us too.  Every battle in this fight is crucial in setting the stage for what is to come nationally.

NOM, the National Organization for Marriage, and other grass roots organizations have gotten into the fray with both feet, declaring an action plan for the northeast states and putting money into educational ad campaigns in those targeted states.  This much needed help is welcome!  But the truth is, it’s going to take more than organizations, it’s going to take individual letters and calls, personal donations and efforts from the regular people in order to combat this groundswell that is threatening to over run our eastern states.

There is a leak in our defenses!  As we know,  a small trickle of water soon becomes a stream and the stream a torrent and the torrent a flood sweeping all before it.  It’s time for all of us to step up to the plate and do what we can to stand against the tide.

My ultimate respect and regard goes out to Governor Douglas.  He is a hero, one man against the tide.

—Beetle Blogger

What can you do?  These links are from NOM:

1. Click here to send a quick note of thanks to give Governor Douglas encouragement!

2. Send a quick message to the Vermont House urging them to oppose same-sex marriage.

3. Please join us in contacting the NH Senate today.

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