Marriage still matters to Washington’s children

Jeff Kemp and Harvey Drake Jr, Seattle Times
Full story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002071775_kempdrake25.html

IT is the birthright of every child to be raised by their mother and father. To redefine marriage is to rob children of that birthright.

Yet, a small group of activist lawyers and judges is putting marriage under siege in the state of Washington. While gays, lesbians and most Americans seek an end to bigotry and hatred, something different is at stake here. The full-court press to legally redefine marriage carries societal implications that are vast and damaging to children and future generations.

The two of us join many of all races, religions and creeds who are alarmed by recent court rulings in King and Thurston counties overturning Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

We are linking arms as Allies for Marriage and Children to appeal to the vast numbers of Washingtonians troubled by the redefinition of marriage, as well as the decades-long decay of marriage and absence of a common-sense voice defending it. We will work with the state Legislature to find a constitutional solution to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
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Louisiana Voters Approve Gay-Marriage Ban

By KEVIN McGILL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment Saturday banning same-sex marriages and civil unions, one of up to 12 such measures on the ballot around the country this year.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the amendment was winning approval with 78 percent of the vote, and support for it was evident statewide. Only in New Orleans, home to a politically strong gay community, was the race relatively close, and even there the amendment was winning passage. Turnout statewide appeared to be about 27 percent of Louisiana’s 2.8 million voters, somewhat low for a state election.

Read the entire article on the My Way website.

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Australia writes marriage into constitution

The day after the California decision, Australia codified normative marriage. By a 39-7 vote, the Australian Senate inserted the following in the nation’s 1961 Marriage Act: “Marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”

A further provision stated that same-sex unions contracted elsewhere would not be legally recognized in Australia.

The bill, which had passed Australia’s lower chamber in June, was preemptive, as two of the nation’s seven-person High Court had announced their support for homosexual marriage. It was sponsored by the ruling conservative coalition, but was backed by the major opposition party as well.
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President Bush on homosexual marriage

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/08/20040810-15.html
Excerpt from “Ask the President” yesterday in Niceville, Florida, Tuesday, August 10, 2004:

Q Mr. President, how do you feel about the republic standing strong in these current times on a constitutional amendment that has been burdening our nation?

THE PRESIDENT: Be a little more specific.

Q Well, specifically, like one man and one woman getting married —

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, okay. He’s asking me about — I think you’re asking me about why I proposed a constitutional amendment to support traditional marriage; is that right?

Q Well, how you feel about it.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I support it, and I’ll tell you why.

Q Yes, sir, constitutional cleansing for things that have burdened our nation that should be under the cover of the republic instead of the courts.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, that’s a good question. What he wants to know is — he’s worried that the courts are defining the issue of marriage. That’s what he’s asking. And so am I. I believe that — first of all, I just want everybody to take a step back from this issue, and this is an issue where all of us need to treat people with different opinions with the utmost respect. This is a sensitive topic. The debate needs to be conducted in a civilized way. But it’s a serious debate.
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Remarks by President Bush about homosexual marriage

Aladdin Shrine Center
Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Q Mr. President, thank you for your stance on the sanctity of marriage between men and women. (Applause.) What can we do — what can we do to keep judges who find in favor of relationships between homosexuals?

THE PRESIDENT: Let me — again, this is an issue that people need to address with the utmost sensitivity and sincerity. It is an issue that is a — an issue that we must not allow to denigrate into emotional debate. It’s an issue that requires thoughtful discussion.

I believe society is better off by a clear definition of traditional marriage. And the reason I do — (applause) — the reason I do is because, one, traditional marriage between man and a woman has served society and civilization well. Secondly, there is a firm commitment required in a marriage between a man and a woman that must not be undermined by redefinition. That commitment, in itself, provides stable, loving environments for families.
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More judicial activism

Washington state judge rules in favor of same-sex marriage

SEATTLE – A King County Superior Court judge in Seattle has ruled that gay couples can marry.

The decision, by Judge William Downing, is on hold until the state Supreme Court reviews the case.

That means no marriage licenses can be issued to gay couples until the high court rules.

Six couples filed the lawsuit in March after they were denied marriage licenses from King County.

King County Executive Ron Sims, who is now running for governor, cited state law but invited the couples to sue. Two other couples joined the suit later.

Washington is among 38 states with laws defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Massachusetts has allowed gay marriage since May.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
http://www.katu.com/team2/story.asp?ID=69827

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Missouri Voters Approve Gay Marriage Ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday to ban gay marriage, the first such vote since the historic ruling in Massachusetts last year that legalized same-sex weddings there.

Although the ban was widely expected to pass in conservative Missouri, experts said the campaign served as a key barometer for which strategies work as the gay marriage battle spreads to ballot boxes around the nation. At least nine other states, and perhaps as many as 12, will vote on similar amendments this year.

The amendment had garnered 70 percent of the vote with 91 percent of precincts reporting.

Read the entire article on the My Way News website.

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400,000 Signatures Collected in Ohio for Constitutional Amendment

Ensuring that marriage will be an issue in this election cycle, the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage estimates it will submit over 400,000 petition signatures, making Ohio potentially the 13th state with a marriage amendment on the 2004 ballot. The grassroots movement across the country to protect marriage quickly gained momentum in Ohio thanks to the efforts by the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage led by Phil Burress. Burress, who also heads Citizens for Community Values, one of the family policy councils associated with FRC, said that the effort to collect the needed signatures was amazing, given the short nine-week period allowed.
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Voters in the ‘Show Me’ State Prepare to Vote on Marriage

On Tuesday, a state constitutional amendment that protects marriage will be voted on in Missouri, the first of up to 13 states to vote on such an amendment this year. Gay activist groups and other amendment opponents are pulling out all the stops to defeat Missouri’s efforts. Well-financed national homosexual rights groups are spending well over $100,000 to influence the amendment vote. The large presence of these groups shows that they understand what is at stake.

This vote will very likely set the tone for the rest of the nation on how the marriage issue will play in elections across the country this election year. Opponents of the Missouri amendment tried to schedule the vote during the state’s Democratic primary in hopes that such a maneuver would help defeat the amendment. But as polls have consistently shown, protecting marriage is one thing that unites both Democratic and Republican voters.

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NARTH On The APA Endorsement Of Gay Marriage

National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)

Encino, California — National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) President Joseph Nicolosi and Linda Nicolosi, co-authors of A Parent’s Guide To Preventing Homosexuality, have expressed concern over the American Psychological Association’s recent endorsement of gay marriage.
The American Psychological Association issued its endorsement of gay marriage, foster parenting, and gay adoptions at its conference in Hawaii on July 29.

The APA’s endorsement was based on recommendations from the APA’s Working Group on Same-Sex Families and Relationships, a group of gay and lesbian clinicians who have been activists in gay causes.
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Church in Spain assailed for opposing homosexual “marriages”

MADRID, Spain, JULY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Spanish episcopal conference said that the national legislature “goes beyond its limits” if it impedes the preaching of the Word of God.

In this case, Cardinal Antonio Rouco was referring to the Church’s opposition to so-called homosexual marriage, which is favored by the new Spanish government.

Cardinal Rouco made his comment today during an address delivered at the Escorial, in the wake of the government’s criticism of the Church’s stance, the Veritas agency reported.
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Interesting discussion on gay marriage

Speakers:
Gerard V. Bradley, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame; filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on behalf of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family in Lawrence and Garner v. Texas (2003), the Texas anti-sodomy law case .

Andrew Sullivan, senior editor and former editor at The New Republic; columnist for Time; Washington correspondent for the Sunday Times of London; author of Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality; editor of Same-Sex Marriage, Pro and Con; and blogger at AndrewSullivan.com.

Moderator:
E.J. Dionne, Co-Chair, the Pew Forum, and Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution

http://pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=56

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