The assault against traditional marriage continues in our nation’s capital.
This past week, the Washington, DC Board of Elections voted “no” on allowing DC residents the right to vote on a citizen led referendum that would affirm a traditional definition of marriage. They claimed that allowing residents to vote on the issue would somehow violate the District’s Human Rights Act.
This is the same City Council that recently voted to have our nation’s capital give legal recognition to homosexual “marriages” that are performed in other states. The irony is this is the same city government that complains about not having representation in Congress…yet they won’t allow their own residents to represent their own views at the ballot box.
Step by step, Obama is undermining traditional marriage
This past week Obama signed a presidential memorandum extending federal benefits (normally reserved for married couples) to homosexual government employees and their “partners”. Of course , this also only ads to the overall costs of government benefits as well, at a time of record deficits. The bottom line is that Obama is now moving to use federal tax dollars to pay off a key portion of his political base. In fact, John Barry, the openly gay Director of the Office of Personnel Management, stated: “This is a first step, not a final step”.
Obama’s Justice Department recently notified a homosexual couple that they could update their passports to reflect their new “married” names. This comes after Obama’s State Department changed its policies to allow homosexual couples that travel overseas to apply for passports “under the names recognized by their state”, including gay marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions. read more »
...so much for democracy
Well, the ballot boxes have barely been put away in California and the gay marriage crowd is now looking to that state's liberal, activist high court to overturn the will of the people.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's Attorney General on Monday urged the state Supreme Court to consider whether a gay marriage ban passed by voters this month was legal.
...thank the Obama voters
Just thought I would point out one of the delicious pieces of irony in yesterday's voting. As it turned out, thankfully, the hard fought effort to get the marriage amendment passed in California was a success. At this point, it looks like it passed 52-48%....by about 1/2 million votes. (CNN exit polls here)
The interesting fact is, as with everywhere else in the country, black voter turnout was up...and, in California, black voters supported the amendment 70-30%...while whites opposed it 51-49% read more »
...this is the big one
Although social/cultural issues are getting little (if any) attention whatsoever in the current presidential election, the campaign to defend traditional marriage rolls on in California, Florida (likely to pass) and Arizona this year via proposed state constitutional amendments. read more »
The issue of gay marriage just got a boost, courtesy of the Massachusetts Senate yesterday.
BOSTON (AP) - Gay couples from across the country are one step closer to a Massachusetts wedding.
Well, it seems now that Obama's doing a little backpedaling on the gay marriage thing. After having tripped up the other day by trying to woo evangelicals with talk about faith-based programs at the same time it came out that he sent a letter opposing the marriage amendment in California, his spokesperson is in full spin-mode. From the NY Times: read more »
The pro-family conservatives in California met the first half of this years challenge on the issue of gay marriage - they got a traditional definition of marriage amendment on the ballot for this November...making California ground-zero in this debate for the next 6 months. read more »
Good news from the Golden State:
The sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage in California said Monday they have gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, a traditional definition of marriage amendment qualified for the ballot in Florida this coming November. Now comes the latest project - getting it onto the ballot in California. read more »
This is big:
The Florida Division of Elections announced over the weekend that it certified 649,346 signatures seeking to place the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment on the state's Nov. 4 ballot. Conservative activists collected 92,000 signatures in the last two weeks leading up to the Feb. 1 deadline to ensure they exceeded the 611,099 needed to place the measure on the ballot.