NOM: New Bill to Protect Marriage in Washington D.C., Support Needed!

URGENT ALERT: Urge Congress to Support Bill to Protect Marriage!

Breaking news from Washington . . . .

9 U.S. Senators have agreed to co-sponsor a bill that would guarantee the right of DC residents to vote on same-sex marriage.

The bill will be introduced shortly and will complement a similar bill introduced in the House in January.  The House bill is HR4430, and I’ll keep you posted when the Senate Bill is introduced and assigned a number.

The next few days are crucial as we meet with legislators and seek support on Capitol Hill! We need your help right now.

Use this link to send an email to your Senators and Congressman. Tell them you want them to join as co-sponsors of the DC Marriage Initiative bill / HR4430, and even more importantly, push to ensure that the bill gets a vote on the Senate and House floors.

Sending Your Letter
The 9 Senate co-sponsors are Senators Robert Bennett (UT), Sam Brownback (KS), Jim Bunning (KY), John Cornyn (TX), Mike Enzi (WY), James Inhofe (OK), Pat Roberts (KS), David Vitter (LA), and Roger Wicker (MS).  The 2 House co-sponsors are Representatives Jason Chaffetz (UT) and Jim Jordan (OH).

When you use the link above to send your email message, you’ll see two letters. If your senator or congressman is one of the existing co-sponsors to the bill, they will receive the “Letter for Co-Sponsors.” Otherwise, your senators and congressman will receive the “Letter for All Others.”  Either way, your letter will be going to your own elected officials in Washington.  Please take a moment to personalize your letter to let your representatives in Washington know how important this issue is.

Your Voice Makes a Difference!
We face an uphill battle, and the next few days are extremely important as we gather support in Congress. NOM and Stand4MarriageDC are in meetings almost daily with various House and Senate offices, and we need your support. Your legislators need to hear not just from us, but from you — their own constituents who care about this important issue.

The Senate leadership just wants this issue to go away, and will do whatever they can to bury it in committee. That’s why every Senator needs to hear from people in his or her own state, urging him to stand up for the voting rights of DC residents.

An out-of-control city council tried to do an end run around the DC Charter, refusing to recognize the rights of DC voters to file an initiative petition on marriage. Regardless of where your representatives stand on same-sex marriage, tell them that we ought not stand for this sort of government abuse against the residents of our nation’s capital.

Tell your Senators and Congressman you want them to publicly stand for marriage and civil rights by co-sponsoring the DC Marriage Initiative Bill / HR4430. Tell them how important this issue is both for the future of marriage and for the rights of everyday citizens trying to stand up against a government machine.

Then tell them you want them to champion this issue, push for a vote, and not let Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid bury it in some subcommittee!

Please click here to send your message to Congress today!

Then forward this message to friends and family all across the country! Together we can stand up for DC voters and make sure they have a chance to be heard on marriage!

Brian BrownFaithfully,

Brian S. Brown
Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ  08542
bbrown@nationformarriage.org

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I Am A Mother. A Tale of Two Views

I Am A Mother.

As I was reading through NOM blog today, I came across these two posts by women on opposite ends of the marriage debate.  Their heartfelt takes on marriage and what it means really impressed me.  In particular, they are both powerful, emotional statements, yet worlds apart in focus:

“I am a citizen, who desires nothing more than any other citizen. I want children for the exact same reasons any heterosexual does. I want to be married for the exact same reasons any heterosexual does.

I can’t change who I am, or who I fall in love with any more than you can, and I should just accept I’ll never have the same thing as my sister or brother, who are heterosexual?

And because of people like you, my partner and I will probably have a harder time raising our son than you would your children.

The only reason a child would think any less of his or her family would be because people like you do.

Good night, and I really hope none of your children are gay. If they are, make sure and tell them early on why they shouldn’t ever be able to marry. It’ll be easier on them in the long-run.”  —Marci

“Marci,

When I dated, I chose who I made relationships with. I chose who I would live my life with. No one took those choices from me. Because of my choices, my children will have a mom and a dad, and I will work every day to make sure it stays that way because my children need a mom and a dad. I would never deny a child what they are entitled to simply because of my own selfish wants and desires. Children have rights too, rights that can’t be denied simply because they don’t fit a certain parent’s sexual desires. I am prepared to teach my children by example what a family is, and You can bet I will make sure that they know, if they are not prepared to give a child the things they need in life, they ought not be bringing those children into the world. I am a mom, and because I’m a mom, the needs of my children surpass my petty wants. That is a sacrifice I’m willing to make a thousand times over, and one we should comit to as a society. Every child needs a mom and a dad. Death and divorce aside, we should do everything we can to give them the best chance possible to have that in their lives.”  —Sandee

I thought the response to Marci’s letter was singularly powerful.  One letter focused on the writer, what the writer wanted, what the writer felt, and children were an accessory to that.  The other writer’s focus is on her family, her children and what makes a family.

Two mothers. Two world views.

The first takes no responsibility, the second is the embodiment of responsibility.

It was a poignant example of the very basis of disagreement in the marriage debate, excellently articulated by two of society’s mothers.

—Beetle Blogger

Iowa Next?

The good folks of Iowa had their marriage law turned upside down by a handful of activist judges in 2009.  That one sided and ill constructed decision has the power to single handedly change the  landscape in Iowa as Iowans seek to restore the status of the family in their state.   Amending the Iowan Constitution is the single best legal and legislative option for a reversal and the sooner the better.

Iowa activists want gay marriage on agenda

“Hurley said members of his group will attend (Governor) Culver’s annual Condition of the State speech on Jan. 12 to mark a “two days for marriage” initiative pushing to overturn the court’s decision.

Culver has said he favors marriage as being between one woman and one man but that he won’t support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Democrats control both legislative chambers and argue that the state’s budget crunch has forced them to shorten the upcoming session, leaving no time for a debate over marriage.

Amending the Iowa Constitution is a long process requiring approval in two consecutive general assemblies and a statewide vote. If lawmakers this year don’t act on the issue, the soonest it could be on the ballot would be the general election of 2014.”

 

Governor Culver and a few leaders in the democrat controlled State House and Senate have started lining up against marriage and families, but with current political events, perhaps they need to rethink their position.

If marriage can win handily in liberal bastions like California, Maine, New York and New Jersey… what does Iowa have to fear?  The governor there could put up a formidable veto, but at what political cost to him and his party?

Gay activists have not been able to make a convincing case to the people.  Relying heavily on intimidation and force, their faulty rhetoric fails every time when brought honestly to the arena of ideas.  The heat is on nationally, and every eye seems to be turned to the next state in the lineup against marriage.  If politicians think this isn’t going to have an effect on their careers they are not paying attention.

In the past pro-family candidates may have been able to rely on the public’s good natured amnesia and willingness to turn the other cheek when they strayed from pro-family support, but no more.  The field has changed and the stakes are high.  The consequences are becoming more evident for those who support family in name only.  It is no secret that every time the choice has come to the people, families have prevailed.

Marriage is worth the fight.  Bring the issue to the people.

—Beetle Blogger

Nothing is Inevitable.

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

–William Ernest Henley

One of the most common things I’ve heard in the marriage debates here and elsewhere is the thought that gay marriage is the future, it is inevitable, it is unavoidable and those who disagree are going to find themselves “on the wrong side of history”.

As we look back on the massive wins of Proposition 8 in California, Question 1 in Maine, and the ripple effect those wins had in New York and now in New Jersey, it’s quite obvious that “inevitability” is what we make of it.

I read today on Maggie Gallagher’s site:

Maggie’s Top Eight Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is Not Inevitable

1. Nothing is inevitable.

2. Young people are not as unanimous as most people think.

In California, the young-adults vote split 55 percent to 45 percent. Is it so hard to imagine 5 percent of those young people changing their minds as they move through the life cycle?

3. The argument from despair is bait and switch.

They are trying push the idea that gay marriage is inevitable, because they are losing the argument that gay marriage is a good idea.

4.  Progressives are often wrong about the future.

Progressives told me abortion would be a dead issue by today, because young people in 1975 were so pro-choice. They told me there would be no more homemakers at all by the year 2000, because of the attitudes and values of young women in 1975. Some even told me the Soviet Union was the wave of the future. …

5.  Demography could be destiny.

Traditionalists have more children. …Religous groups are increasingly focused on the problem of how to transmit a marriage culture to the next generation (see the USCCB’s recent initiatives).

6. Change is inevitable.

Generational arguments tend to work only for one generation: Right now, it’s “cool” to be pro-gay marriage. In ten years, it will be what the old folks think. Even gay people may decide, as they get used to living in a tolerant and free America, they don’t want to waste all that time and energy on a symbolic social issue, anyway. …Inevitability is a manufactured narrative, not a fundamental truth.

7. Newsflash: 18-year-olds can be wrong.

Should we really say “Hmm, whatever the 18-year-olds think, that must be inevitable,” and go do that? I mean, would we reason like that on any other issue?

8. New York’s highest court was right.

From Hernandez v. Robles:
“The dissenters assert confidently that ‘future generations’ will agree with their view of this case (dissenting op at 396). We do not predict what people will think generations from now, but we believe the present generation should have a chance to decide the issue through its elected representatives. …”

The first and the last on the list are my favorite.  As Benjamin Franklin said, “He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.”  Nothing is inevitable.  Everyone gets the chance, and the responsibility to choose.

—Beetle Blogger

SaveCalifornia: Alameda School District Tramples Parents

In Alameda County, school districts are implementing plans for indoctrinating children in gay and lesbian themed lessons and forbidding parents from interfering.  Here it comes!  “Whether you like it or not!”

—Beetle Blogger

California school district tramples parents
From SaveCalifornia.com

Tuesday night, over the protests of parents, the Alameda Unified School Board voted to keep and recraft its “Lesson 9″ homosexuality-bisexuality-transsexuality curriculum.

The Dec. 8 vote was 4-1 to “retain Lesson 9 until a replacement that specifically addresses all six of the ‘protected classes’ is…adopted by the board.” Read the blow-by-blow account of the school board meeting.

This means the preying on children to indoctrinate them into the unnatural and unhealthy LGBTQ (“lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning”) lifestyles is even worse now, and will become a more salable model for school districts near you. This is because Alameda school board members voted to hide the curriculum under a more expansive “anti-bullying” label that will continue to teach children that “LGBTQ” lifestyles are good, natural, and maybe even for them.

Alameda’s attack on children and families comes a week after a judge, despite the arguments of pro-family attorneys, ruled that California law trumps a claim to parental rights in this situation. The judge ruled that parents cannot “opt out” their children from Alameda’s pro-LGBTQ lifestyle curriculum. See the school district’s triumphant Dec. 2 news release.

GRASP WHAT THIS MEANS

1. Any government school district can push homosexuality-bisexuality-transsexuality curriculum on students. There is no California state law prohibiting this. All pro-family efforts to protect kid’s minds have been and will continue to be defeated in Democrat-controlled committees of the California Legislature. “LBGTQ-friendly” curriculum is already taught to kids in San Francisco and Oakland. Now, with Alameda on board, it can easily spread to other California school districts (most of which are controlled by liberals or uncourageous conservatives) under the cover of “anti-bullying” curriculum. (See actual video clips of homosexuality-bisexuality-transsexuality indoctrination in Massachusetts.)

2. California school districts are more likely than ever to trump parental rights with immoral education: In a 1995 speech, Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools” project leader, homosexual activist Kevin Jennings, explained how he successfully imposed homosexuality-bisexuality-transsexuality indoctrination by packaging it as “safety.” This deception has been crushing moral standards in California public schools for several years now. Despite many U.S. Supreme Court rulings upholding the inherent right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children, SaveCalifornia.com has witnessed, over the last decade, the California Legislature passing law after law that either limit or eliminate parental rights in public schools.

3. School districts are already permitting student clubs and campus activities promoting homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality to other children: Public schools can and do hold lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender “diversity day,” “week” and “month.” Public schools can and many do permit the pro-”LGBTQ” “Day of Silence” every April. Public school districts must permit “Gay-Straight Alliance” clubs on high school and junior high campuses. We often hear other horror stories too.

4. Don’t think this isn’t happening your community? There are now 5 statewide California laws promoting homosexual, bisexual and transsexual lifestyles to children: Read what AB 537, SB 71, SB 777, AB 394 and SB 572 push on children as young as kindergarten.

Calling Out for Backup! A Crucial Moment in Maine

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Maine is in desperate need of financial assistance in the fight to protect marriage.  If they do not receive additional financial support soon they are at risk of losing the fight.  Your support can make all the difference.  What happens in Maine will affect the rest of the US.  Because of the support from people across the US and Canada California was able to overturn its same sex marriage ruling.  We must not stand aside now and let Stand for Marriage Maine’s efforts fail due to lack of funding.

They’re calling out for backup!  They’ve done so much with so little.  Let’s help push them over the top.  Protect Marriage!

—Beetle Blogger

Please read the message from Stand for Marriage Maine below and consider what you can do TODAY to make a difference!

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We knew we were being vastly outspent from the fact that the No on 1 campaign was able to air their advertising upwards of 50% more than our Yes on 1 campaign ads. We had a clue that the other side was awash in money because of the dozens of paid staff members they have on board their campaign. But we never dreamed the situation was as dire as it is: our opponents have raised approximately $1.6 more than we have and are conducting a financial assault on the institution of marriage. Overall, they have raised an astonishing $2.7 million from gay marriage supporters across the country!

We are in desperate need of additional financial support or we risk losing because our opponents are attempting to buy themselves an election – and destroy the institution of marriage in the process.

The latest financial reports detailing the amount of money that has come in for both sides of the Question 1 campaign shows that our committee, Stand for Marriage Maine has raised approximately $1.1 million while our opponents have raised about 2.5 times more than we have. This is an astonishing financial advantage our opponents have amassed. It explains why they were able to be on the air with ads nearly three weeks before our campaign was able to begin advertising. It explains why they can afford to operate multiple campaign headquarters. It explains how they can afford a statewide staff of field organizers and operate dozens of phone banks. And it explains why the institution of marriage is teetering on the ledge – at risk of being forever redefined in Maine. Our opponents are raising money from across the country from gay marriage supporters who see an opportunity to win their first victory at the ballot box in the history of the nation.

We cannot let them get away with this. We cannot let homosexual marriage activists from virtually every state in the nation decide that marriage will be redefined in Maine. Please don’t let our opponents succeed with this financial assault on marriage. Will you please, right now, make a generous donation to our campaign?

The good news is that even though we are being vastly outspent, we have run a financially prudent and efficient campaign. Our polling shows that we are dead-even right now and in a good position to win the campaign. Voters recall our advertising more so than the ads from the other side. We are defining Question 1 on our terms. And we know that we will win when voters come to understand the many consequences to families, children and society as a whole if same-sex marriage is legalized in Maine.

The only way our opponents can win is if they try to confuse the issue by running millions of dollars in advertising with false claims that we are lying about the consequences of legalizing homosexual marriage. They don’t want to defend the teaching of homosexual marriage to young children in public schools, so they are spending millions to try to deny and deny. They don’t want to talk about individuals, small businesses and religious groups being sued for refusing to support homosexual marriage, so they are spending millions to calls us liars. And they don’t want to explain to voters why the law they sponsored and advocated strips from Maine’s marriage statutes the interests of nurturing children, so they are spending millions making the oxymoronic claim that we are trying to “harm children.” We are trying to prevent 5, 6 and 7 year old children from being taught about homosexual marriage in school against the wishes of their parents and we are accused of “harming children?” If it weren’t so serious, this would be like describing an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ situation.

But it IS so serious. Our campaign strategists, who helped pass Proposition 8 in California and who have won dozens of initiative campaigns around the country, tell us that we cannot win if we continue to be outspent as we have to this point. It is amazing that we are still in a dead heat. We’ve had to cut our voter contact program dramatically. Every week we’ve cut our advertising budget. We’ve eliminated a statewide bus tour that we had planned for next week. We’ve had to cut back on staffing. And collateral materials. And direct mail. Our grassroots organizing has suffered.

Yet still we are in a position to pass Question 1. This is a testament to your strong support and to the common sense of average Mainers who know in their heart that marriage is worth preserving.

But let’s not fool ourselves. We have to raise more money, right now, if we are to pass Question 1. Please make a sacrificial contribution today, as if the survival of marriage depended on it. Because, quite literally, it does.

The campaign reports made available today lay bare the falsehood of our opponents’ claim that they have a homegrown, grassroots Maine-based campaign. The truth is their support has come mostly from the gay activist political elite from all corners of the nation, including Hollywood, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, and the Democratic national political machine, Act Blue.com. They have raised money from virtually every state in the nation.

Why are homosexual marriage activists pouring money into Maine? Because never before have they been able to convince voters to approve homosexual marriage. Voters in thirty states have considered this issue, and in all thirty states they have voted to preserve traditional marriage and reject homosexual marriage. But our opponents think they can win in Maine. We are a small state. Raising millions of dollars to spend here will make a big difference. Recruiting hundreds of volunteers to come to Maine will make a big difference. And if they can win in Maine it would be historic. They will use a victory to attempt to convince the media that the mood of the nation has changed and that it is time for America to also abandon the God-created idea of marriage.

Will you let them get away with it?

So much is riding on the Question 1 election. We have three weeks left. We have three weeks to close the financial deficit we are in. We have three weeks to add to our advertising campaign. We have three weeks to buttress our grassroots operation. We have three weeks to talk to Maine voters about the importance of traditional marriage, and the consequences of abandoning it in favor of homosexual marriage.

But all this must start right now – today – and it must start with you and me. We’ve learned an important lesson. Our opponents are determined to do whatever they can to secure victory. We must respond, and respond now. It is up to you. There is no one but you. The only question is, will you be there for us when the fight for marriage needs you the most? We pray you will be.

Thank you for all your efforts to defend God’s precious institution of marriage. We look forward to your continued help. We are counting on you at this critical time.

Sincerely,

Marc Mutty
Chairman
Stand For Marriage Maine

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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

The Mask is Off—Enlightening Conversation on the Gay Agenda in our Schools

From a post earlier this week:

In Maine, gay activists are trying to claim that homosexuality will not be taught in schools, but it already is in other states.  These activists target young children

“before they are old enough to have been convinced that there is another way of looking at life…”

Make no mistake.  Those pushing the gay agenda have put schools front and center in the battlefield over homosexual rights….

That’s where it started.  In responding to this post, there was an eye opening conversation that’s continued over the last few days concerning the gay agenda in schools…(you know, that gay agenda that doesn’t exist?)

Ross, a long time gay marriage advocate was asked:

“Ross, Do you dispute the content of the ad?”

After several dodges and refusing to answer, Ross let it slip:  “Seriously, cant wait for your side to lose within the next decade or so. It’s inevitable…”

When pressed to explain his comment and whether he disputed the charge that gay advocates wanted to teach homosexuality in schools, he continued: “No,I dont. In my state, homosexual marriage is taught in schools because it is legal in the state. Pretty simple, right? Not teaching something is not going to make the issue magically disappear. But I think its definitely extreme paranoia to think that the number one issue on the minds of gay rights activists is getting homosexuality taught in schools..in actuality, its the rights gained from gay marriage. Most people are hardly concerned or have any control over what a few rogue teachers will do once the law passes.”

There you have it.  “Do you dispute the contents of the ad?” The answer is no. He doesn’t. In fact he, like others in the gay activist movement, is actively working for homosexuality to be pushed in schools. It’s the vision he advocates on this blog and others. Total acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and so on down the list until every sexual deviancy is no longer considered deviant. He hopes that if they can continue their reach through the schools that the coming generation will believe their morality over the morality their parents taught, and that this version of morality will eventually supersede all others.

When I pointed this out, Ross responded:  “Why, again, should they (homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and so on down the list) be seen as deviant? Any of those three are hardly deviant or malicious in nature.”

Why should homosexuality, transgenderism, bisexuality etc. be seen as deviant?  Ross thinks these behaviors are equal, the same as that beautiful union that happens between a man and a wife in marriage, the union that has the potential to light the spark of life, the creation of families and new generations.

Are these things deviant?  Deviant is from the same root as deviate. If you are deviant in your behavior it is because you deviate from normal behavior in some way. Homosexual, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, pedophilia, bestiality, fetishism…..the list goes on. The further you get from the nuclear family, the more deviant and repulsive the options get. Homosexuality is one of many ugly cousins that have nothing to do with marriage, children and families.  No amount of rhetoric can change that.

Is it inevitable that these deviant activities will someday be seen as normal? No way. That is why those promoting the gay agenda have to stoop to lies, false equalities, trick sophistry and base child indoctrination to win points. Have you ever wondered why courts and rogue legislatures IMPOSE same sex marriage? People don’t choose it.

If Ross were to be put on television and radio to spout his views before the people of Maine and other states where gay marriage is being pushed, their movement would be crushed in the stampeding political backlash of concerned parents, teachers and voters.

Over exposure to the true nature of homosexuality turns people off to the sophistry. Reality can’t be hidden forever.   Why? Because the more ground gay activists win, the bolder they become and the carefully crafted mask of normality drops.

Listen to Ross and his fellow gay activists.  The mask is off.

—Beetle Blogger

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Preserve Traditional Marriage for Benefit of Future Generations

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Roger Crouse
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
09/28/2009

Just 12 years ago, in 1997,the Legislature defined marriage and added that definition to Maine law. Section 650, Title 19-A, of Maine law reads in part:

“The union of one man and one woman joined in traditional monogamous marriage is of inestimable value to society; the State has a compelling interest to nurture and promote the unique institution of traditional monogamous marriage in the support of harmonious families and the physical and mental health of children; and that the State has the compelling interest in promoting the moral values inherent in traditional monogamous marriage.” [1997, c. 65, §2 (NEW).]

Nothing has changed in our society in the intervening years that invalidates this definition. In fact, society needs the benefits of traditional marriage now more than ever.

Earlier this year, however, the Legislature and the governor determined Section 650 is no longer valid or true. They removed it from law at the same time they granted same-sex couples the right to marry.

Instead they have added a statement that changes the meaning of words such as “bride” and “groom,” “husband” and “wife” to be gender-neutral. In essence, they have said that male and female are completely interchangeable and neither gender provides any unique benefit to society.

In addition to saying gender does not matter, the Legislature and governor have redefined the social institution of marriage. For thousands of years, marriage has represented the union of a man and a woman. Our governor and Legislature believe they have the wisdom and foresight to know the social impacts of this change.

The future prosperity of our society, state and nation depends upon our ability to raise stable and self-reliant children. Research and statistics repeatedly show the best environment for stable families and children is one with an opposite-sex union of a father and mother.

Many people today misunderstand why the government began legalizing the marriage relationship. Marriage existed originally as a religious institution. Governments saw the societal benefits of heterosexual marriage and adopted policies to promote marriage.

Marriage is not a civil right. Societies have always regulated marriage. A man cannot marry his daughter or mother. A woman cannot marry her brother or nephew. Marriage is a tool of the society to ensure that the next generation is stable and self-reliant.

The legal right to marry is not about love. If love is the determining factor as to who should be able to get married, there would be no end to the variations of relationships that would qualify for marriage.

The social institution of marriage is centered on children. Allowing same-sex couples to marry radically alters the social institution of marriage. Same-sex marriage is centered on adults and what is best for the adult rather than children. The two definitions of marriage cannot co-exist.

Thirty or 40 years ago. few unmarried couples lived together. If they did live together and had children, they generally married because of social expectation. The social expectation of marriage, however, has eroded and now more children are being reared without their married biological parents.

If marriage becomes an adult-centered institution, the social expectation of raising children in a home where the biological parents are married will continue to erode and fewer heterosexual couples will marry.

We cannot know the impact on society when, a generation from now, fewer children are being raised in this ideal environment.

Keeping marriage defined as the union of one man and one woman is not about discrimination, intolerance or denying civil rights, it is about ensuring our society continues to reap the benefits of marriage between a man and a woman.

Alternative relationships do not provide the same benefit to society. Therefore, government should not provide legal standing to these alternative relationships.

If you disagree with our governor and Legislature, you will have the opportunity to make your opinion known by voting in November.

Send a clear message that traditional monogamous marriage remains “of inestimable value to our society” and does provide the best environment for rearing children.

Vote “yes” on Question 1.

Roger Crouse is a father of four children and lives in Central Maine. He is actively involved in his church and scouting. He loves the hiking and being in the outdoors.

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Proponents of Gay Marriage Hide School Agenda From Voters in Maine

“It’s Elementary!” …Yet Gay Lobby Denies Agenda in Schools

Check out the propaganda being pushed in this clip intended for school use.  Interesting isn’t it? And here I thought the gay marriage campaigns in California and Maine both promised that this sort of stuff would not be taught in school.

Just this last week the No on 1 campaign issued a letter condemning pro-marriage ads as false and misleading when they talked about gay issues being taught in the schools, yet here it is again—more evidence pointing to the gay lobby’s attempts to gain access to our schools.

It’s Elementary?!  It’s False!  The very premise on which the film is based is biased. If you have a problem with bullying, teach them about kindness and the golden rule, not lesbianism. To disagree with the gay lifestyle is not to hate. How is telling kids that if they disagree with the gay lifestyle they are homophobic or bigoted going to teach them tolerance and love for their neighbor?

A friend of mine commented in defense of this teaching saying:

“Would you prefer that gay and lesbian children in schools continue to get beat up?”

False logic!  Is teaching lesbianism to children the way to promote kindness? Or is teaching kindness the way to promote kindness?

This leap of logic happens in mainstream media all the time, but I believe you can teach children respect for others and their differences without teaching them they have to agree with other’s choices.

The subtle nuance displayed here promotes the gay lifestyle as normal, healthy and good.  It is being pushed in grades where it is too difficult for our young, impressionable children to identify and reject. That is why propaganda such as this should never be allowed in our schools.

What do the Gay Activists have to say?

Don’t buy the lies!  What is the truth of the issue?  Here is the truth, openly displayed even as it’s proponents deny it.

This is what every parent should see because this is what the gay lobby is trying to push in our classrooms across this nation.  It’s being pushed in every state, not just Massachusetts, California or Maine.

—Beetle Blogger

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