Fight of our Lives

See this video from the recent conference at the U.N.  put out by one of the UFI bloggers.  The United States government has become one of our own worst enemies at the United Nations.  The numbers of representatives we can count on to support traditional family are few and far between nationally.  We need to give those dedicated fighters every aid we can, including spreading the word, donating funds even when it hurts, and speaking to friends and neighbors about the issues.   In the fight of our lives, we can’t afford to be silent.

—Beetle Blogger

this is marriage: a mom and a dad

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“Increasingly, homes which are either fatherless or motherless have been the product of the rise of nonmarital trends in the wake of insistent attacks on the social institution of marriage.

How is such misfortune something that could provide a basis for embedding fatherlessness and motherlessness into the society’s view of the most pro-child social institution which integrates fatherhood and motherhood?

The SSMers do not say because they really do not believe it could increase the number of kids raised by married parents. They just use kids in vulnerable families as an excuse to claim special treatment for a tiny subset of the same-sex category — which is itself a small subset of the nonmarriage category.”

Chairm

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This is marriage: hard work.

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“Marriage is the operation by which a woman’s vanity and a man’s egotism are extracted without an anesthetic.”

–Helen Rowland (1875–1950), U.S. journalist.

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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?
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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.
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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

Unions Whipping Hysteria, Promoting Longevity over Quality

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Why should teachers be a protected class?

Their unions are whipping up hysteria about possible layoffs, but they don’t seem to care about getting rid of bad educators.

By Larry Sand
March 26, 2009

Earlier this month, United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy purposely disrupted a school board meeting to dramatize his plea to save teachers’ jobs. Only a few days later, teachers, parents and students participated in more than 100 events across the state aimed at protesting teacher layoffs. Now it’s time to step back from all this hysteria over possible layoffs and take a realistic look at where things stand.

First, a little background: By March 15, school districts in California were required to send out reduction-in-force notices (RIFs) to any employee whose job might be in jeopardy come fall. The unions are referring to these notices as “pink slips.” Now, everyone knows that a pink slip means “You’re fired.” But it is very clear that these RIFs are nothing more than an alert to a possible layoff — sort of the difference between a bullet to the head and a warning shot. Still, the California Teachers Assn. went so far as to have a day dedicated to alerting the general populace about the RIFs, calling Friday, March 13 “Pink Slip Friday” — once again leading all concerned to believe that all teachers receiving RIFs would be shown the door.

The simple truth is that no one knows what will happen because there are just too many wild cards in the deck. As Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon C. Cortines pointed out in an e-mail sent to all teachers, the ultimate fate of the state budget will not be known until budget initiatives are voted on during the May 19 election. Also, there is still no hard information on when federal stimulus money will rain down on L.A. Then there is an early-retirement incentive package that could induce many highly paid veteran teachers to retire, thus allowing newer, lower-paid teachers to keep their jobs.

In all honesty, it is certainly possible that some teachers will have to be let go. Although no one would diminish the seriousness of a job loss, we must be realistic. Our state is in dire financial straits — why should teachers be a protected class? This is especially true in light of the following inconvenient fact: In 2003-04, the LAUSD had 747,009 students in its system, and those students were taught by 36,180 teachers. By 2007-08, the student population had shrunk 7%, to 693,680, but the teaching force had decreased only about 1%, to 35,785. In 2003-04, the student/teacher ratio was 20.64 students per teacher. In 2007-08, it was 19.38 students per teacher. If we went back to the 20.64 ratio of 2003-04, we would need only 33,597 teachers — 2,000 fewer teachers than we have now. (Unions hate the thought of fewer teachers — it means less money in the form of dues for them).

A very troubling aspect of the layoff scenario is that if teachers are let go, it will be done by seniority. This means that an ineffective teacher on the job for three years gets to keep his or her job over a wonderful teacher who has been on the job for two years. This would be damaging to kids and devastating to the laid-off teachers, many of whom would seek out new professions. But the unions don’t seem to care about teacher quality as much as longevity.

This archaic system is exacerbated by the tenure or “permanence” scheme insisted on by the unions. Under this set-up, once a teacher has been in a school for two years, he is essentially given a job for life. Getting rid of bad teachers is almost impossible. If we could dismiss poor teachers instead of being forced to keep them, the system would improve greatly. The next time a union official starts talking about “the children,” please ask why the union insists on this system, which clearly does not benefit children.

In Los Angeles, we have some of the highest-paid teachers in the U.S. — most of whom have a world-class health plan in a state whose economy is falling apart, where the unemployment rate tops 10% and whose citizens are already among the most taxed in the country — whining about the possibility that a few jobs may be lost.

It is unfair to paint all teachers with the union brush. But it would behoove those who dissent from the UTLA and CTA party line to let their union know how they feel, and perhaps seek alternatives.

Larry Sand, a Los Angeles teacher for more than 27 years, is the president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network.

Reprinted with Permission from the Author

This is marriage

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“Marriage isn’t a word—it’s a sentence”

Caption from King Vidor’s silent film. The Crowd (1926)

 

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This is Marriage—It’s that Simple.

In a world of increasing confusion and moral depravity, marriage should be our dependable rock, our children’s rock, our family’s rock, our country’s rock, our government’s rock. Instead, homosexual activists intent on gaining forced public acceptance through marriage redefinition, have launched an all-out assault on marriage in multiple states (most recently New England states) through the legislative and judicial branches of government, effectively circumventing the sovereign will of the people of the United States of America, denying them their right to decide the fate of marriage in their state. At the height of hypocrisy, the homosexual machine that touts love and equality has bared it’s intolerant, hypocritical teeth at individuals (Marjorie Christoffersen, Maureen Mullarkey, and eightmaps, for example) and non-profit organizations (such as NOM, UFI, and DNA) that would dare to attempt to speak against them with such fantastically firm resolve to preserve those values, principles, and institutions which made America great at its birth.

What will you do to secure your children’s future? Your family’s future? Your country’s future? Your government’s future? Your future grand-children’s future?

It can be daunting and intimidating to face such a virulent, violent rage that is at the core of the homosexual movement.

But take heart! There are others like you, who cherish marriage as a union between one man and one woman, who are blogging, Twittering, Facebooking, MySpacing, and commenting on all of the above. Awareness is key. And you can easily help to raise awareness.

Join the Digital Network Army today (DNA) and learn how you can make your voice heard.

www.digitalnetworkarmy.com

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.

Voice of the Nation

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Voice of the Nation:  Today at 12:00 PST

Today: Voice Of The Nation will discuss same-sex marriage initiatives that are taking root across the country, most notably in Vermont as the state Senate and House are voting on same-sex marriage legislation this week.  Will the Governor Veto the legislation?  Does he have the votes to hold?

Also, William Duncan, Director of the Marriage Law Foundation, will be a guest on the show this week to talk about the dangers of legalizing same sex marriage.

William C. Duncan is director of the Marriage Law Foundation. He formerly served as acting director of the Marriage Law Project at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and as executive director of the Marriage and Family Law Research Grant at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where he also served as a visiting professor. He has published numerous articles on constitutional and family law issues in a variety of legal journals.

Voice Of The Nation: Family Values Blog Talk Radio show is a joint effort between United Families International, the Digital Network Army, and other Pro-Family organizations. The show highlights current Family Values news and discusses the logic behind the Pro-Family Movement.  All shows are archived and you may listen at you convenience.

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This is Marriage

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“…Marriage is the union of husband and wife – a premise so simple, so fundamental that nature and civilization itself both testify to the truth of it.”
                                                                                 – Maureen Mullarkey

 

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