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Friday, November 6, 2009

Same-Sex "Marriage" Meets Defeat Again

31 for 31. Now that Maine voters have rejected gay marriage, every state that has put gay marriage before its electorate—31 states now—has seen it rejected. At an average rate of 67.5%, voters in the 31 states have, at the very least, banned same-sex marriage. Nineteen states have banned not only same-sex marriage, but also civil unions.)

The rejection of gay marriage has occurred not only in conservative states, but in some very liberal ones as well, such as MaineCaliforniaOregon, and Hawaii. Purple states such as OhioColorado, and Nevada have also soundly rejected gay marriage. Across the U.S., from the Deep South to the Northeast to the Midwest to the West coast, Americans have united behind biblical marriage.

All across the political spectrum, from Democrats (yes, a few) to Republicans to Independents, Americans have said a resounding “No!” to what is the number one item on the homosexual agenda.

With this type of sweeping plurality against gay marriage, it is hard to fathom how liberals can maintain any sense that the United States, in any significant way, is headed toward recognition of homosexuals marrying.

Yet, they persist. According to Gallup recently, 75% of self-identified liberals support same-sex marriage. Liberals control the White House, the U.S. House and Senate, and most of the mainstream-media. After their latest defeat, the L.A. Times lamentably asked, “If not in Maine, then where?” Declaring it a solid victory for those opposed to same-sex marriage, with false piety the Times boldly stated that “despite the moral right on its side, the fight for equality for gays and lesbians will be more difficult, more complicated and probably will take a good while longer than it should.”

Writing for the left-leaning website The Daily Beast, Linda Hirshman writes that it is time to “get gay marriage off the ballot.” Isn’t this something for the “life-tenured federal judiciary to decide?” Hirshman asks. Liberals are coming full circle. Defeat after defeat, it seems, have them yearning for their favorite battle ground: the courts. Why worry with legislatures and the ballot box when one, or a handful, of appointed liberal judges can give you what you want.

It is interesting to note that Maine’s rejection of gay marriage was not a rejection of their courts, but of their legislature and governor. It just goes to show that, politically speaking, even in liberal states the conservative position on social issues is (or at least can be) a winning one.

The Maine vote should further embolden conservative politicians all over the nation. The social issues of marriage, abortion, etc. are ones that many conservative politicians think they need to avoid or, at least, tip-toe around, especially if they are in “bluish” regions of the country. Maine’s voters have made it even more clear that, for a significant majority of Americans, biblical marriage is a winning issue.

Copyright 2009, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World
tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com

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