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
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!