Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage had an interview this week with News Channel 8, Washington DC. It was a joy to watch. Brian basically ran circles around the interviewer in a point after point match up against the talking points of the gay agenda in D. C.
There’s no question that the shady politics going on in D.C. are meant to single handedly thwart the will of the people. Reactions to the DC Board of Elections’ unilateral decision to deny citizens a vote on redefining marriage came in swiftly:
“Today’s announcement by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics to deny a referendum on this issue has once again disenfranchised the residents of our city. The DC Catholic Conference is deeply disappointed by the decision to deny voters a voice…. As part of an organization that serves thousands of children and families throughout this city, it would be our hope that residents be given an opportunity to be heard on an issue with widespread implications for children and families. The DC Catholic Conference will continue to strongly advocate for the long-standing and proper definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.” — Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Catholic Conference
“This is a second blow to the the ability of citizens to express their views in this matter. As the Statement above notes, last month the DC Council railroaded this measure through and refused to allow citizens to testify in a significant matter before the City Council. Now the DC Board of elections has once again refused the general populace a chance to be heard. Some will argue that we cannot simply run everything by plebiscite. This is true but this issue impacts on the most basic elements of any nation or civilization: marriage and the family. This is not simply a referendum on which contractor to choose to pave the roads. This is about marriage and the family.
Advocates of the “new morality” will likely cheer this decision but they should examine their cheerfulness. They have long marched under the banners of tolerance and freedom. Now many of them wish merely to impose their views by judicial fiat and will not tolerate dissent or even discussion. Whatever the motives of the members of the Board elections were I do not know. But no one should cheer a silencing of the voice of the people in this matter whether it is by refusing to hold hearings or refusing a referendum.—Msgr. Charles Pope
Pastor Patrick J. Walker of the New Macedonia Baptist Church also reacted to the Board’s decision to quash the vote:
“Simply put, I feel as a citizen of the District of Columbia, once again we’ve been disenfranchised. Our right to vote has been taken away…”
This sort of under the table, behind closed doors manipulation has no place in a free society, especially on an issue of this magnitude.