Gay Activists Disenfranchising the D.C. Vote

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.

—Beetle Blogger



  1. L. Marie said,

    October 10, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I found this interesting. It’s from Brian Brown and explains the mindset that these activists use to justify taking D.C.’s freedom from them:

    “Thirdly, and this is most important: The reporter shrewdly notes a huge generational shift taking place right now within the gay-marriage community.

    For example, you will be hearing a lot about a march on Washington by gay-rights activists, capped by a speech by Pres. Obama to the Human Rights Campaign. (Side note: WaPo also reports that Obama will reject increasing calls for him to weigh in the Maine battle or lay out a time table to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, in favor of stressing “incremental advancements as evidence of progress.”)

    The elders of the gay movement, like Barney Frank, are calling this weekend march a waste of money or worse; “useless” is the term Frank uses to describe it.

    But a new generation of energetic younger gay-marriage leaders don’t care. They are pushing lawsuits in Texas, Louisiana, California and elsewhere against the advice of their elders. They organized this March and are pushing Obama to make overturning DOMA huge priority. They have no clue what the rest of America thinks and frankly they do not really care.

    “Some of the next generation of LGBT opinion leaders think more boldly than the preceding generation,” freshman Congressional representative Jared Polis told the Post. “We grew up in a different environment than people who grew up in the 1960s or the 1970s.”

    Why am I telling you this? Because I want to point something out that is very important. The younger generation of leaders is just practicing what the older generation preaches: Equality demands gay marriage; opposition to gay marriage is bigotry. You don’t compromise with bigots. These relentlessly principled young people are the people who are going to be in charge of what gay marriage will mean, too.

    They literally believe they are fighting for the civil rights cause of the century. There is no spirit of compromise, no spirit of tolerance; this is now a movement that believes moral right is totally on their side. And they are determined to use the law to impose their morality on the bad people (that’s you and me and the majority of Americans) who disagree, whether we like it or not.

    A very American spirit, badly misdirected, if you ask me. But here’s the main point: “Equality” arguments do not lead to “live and let live” tolerance. This is not a debate about expanding personal and private liberty. Look well on the face of this radical young generation of gay-marriage activists: They really mean it. Their “equality” not only redefines marriage as we have always known it; their “equality” takes away your liberty and my liberty to act according to our deepest moral and spiritual values. “

  2. Robert said,

    October 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Way to go Brian Brown!

  3. Robert said,

    October 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Gay Activists have disenfranchised voters in every state that has legalized neutered marriage. They believe that it’s a crime to let people vote on this issue.

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