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

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7 Comments

  1. March 28, 2009 at 1:43 am

    It has been a good week for preserving marriage.

  2. { Lisa } said,

    March 28, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Amen! Finally people are starting to stand up for what is right!

  3. { Lisa } said,

    March 28, 2009 at 6:07 am

    omg… lol I just read the letter that was attached to the end of the blog you linked to.. Oh man ‘they’ called the terms “gay” & “lesbian” negative and said they would be as vague as possible as to the real nature of their purpose! wow.. here it is:

    “Focus groups have shown that California voters react negatively to the words “gay” and “lesbian” and that they don’t like to see gay and lesbian couples on TV.

    So, we’re not using those negative terms in our campaign ads. We will instead focus on the concepts of fairness and be as vague as possible in addressing the issue.

    Also, we do not believe that outreach to hispanic and black voters will do our campaign any good. We all know that only white, wealthy people vote.

  4. { Lisa } said,

    March 28, 2009 at 6:10 am

    ps. as for that last part… please say that on national T.V. Pretty please, I dare you!

  5. beetlebabee said,

    March 28, 2009 at 7:01 am

    This fight has been described as the fight of our lives. They know as well as we do that the nation does not want homosexuality to be promoted. In order to advance their agenda, they have to sell it as something other than what it is.

  6. beetlebabee said,

    March 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Another victory in Delaware, tinged with a loss:

    Senate Bill 27, a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which was introduced and sponsored by several Sussex legislators, was defeated by a vote of 11-9 (1 not voting) on Thursday after a day that saw General Assembly debate inside Legislative Hall and crowds of both protestors and supporters outside.

    “[Former] Sen. John Still sponsored this and I was the co-sponsor, but it never got to committee – it was one of those desk drawer vetoes,” Venables said, referring to a committee chairman’s ability to indefinitely table any discussion on an in-committee bill, essentially dropping it in a desk drawer where it is never to be seen again.

    General Assembly Democrats have split on the issue, with Sen. Karen Peterson (D-Stanton) leading a group that voted in new procedural rules, several aimed at eliminating the desk-drawer veto.

    In addition to SB 27’s defeat, gay-rights supporters also won another victory yesterday with the passage of House Bill 5, Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf’s (D-Rehoboth) fourth version of legislation that would bring sexual orientation under the umbrella of the state’s discrimination protection.”

    That last little bit there is where they win with the slow creep. If sexual orientation gets into a state’s discrimination protection laws, it creates a protected class out of a moral behavior choice. It’s not good for freedom or families. This is the seed that will eventually win them gay “marriage” in their state if it’s not corrected.

  7. Chairm said,

    March 28, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    The thing about such legislation, intended to provide protection based on a social vulnerability, is that the effect is to create not a protected class but rather a special class. That is, the protection-talk provides cover for effectively establishing supremacy via identity politics. This is not truly about equality of citizens but supremacy of identity groups or factions.


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