Sunday, April 05, 2009

Christians Snooze as Same-sex 'Marriage' Sweeps Nation

While homosexual advocates are concentrating on the destruction of marriage in all of New England by 2012, the Iowa Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage on Friday is "icing on the cake."

Time is running out; there's ONE way to preserve marriage: A federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Oops!  Too late - UPDATE 5/9/13: 'Gay Marriage' Sweeps New England

-- From "A Push Is On for Same-Sex Marriage Rights Across New England" by Abby Goodnough, New York Times 4/5/09

Massachusetts has allowed same-sex marriage since 2004, and Connecticut began allowing it last fall. The Vermont Legislature just voted to let same-sex couples marry, and supporters hope to gather enough votes to override a veto promised by Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican.

New Hampshire is not far behind; its House of Representatives approved a same-sex marriage bill last month. The legislatures in Maine and Rhode Island are considering their own versions, though they are not as far along in the process.

Across New England, advocacy groups have been raising money, training volunteers and lobbying voters and lawmakers as part of a campaign they call “Six by Twelve,” led by the legal advocacy group that persuaded the Supreme Courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut to allow same-sex marriage in 2003 and 2008.

As in most New England states, voters in Iowa cannot initiate constitutional amendments, a common strategy for blocking same-sex marriage elsewhere.

And at least six states outside New England (Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Washington) have same-sex marriage bills before their legislatures this year . . .

Critics say the success of the movement in New England is largely because courts and legislatures, not voters, are making the decisions. Voters have approved constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in 26 states since the Massachusetts law, a landmark, took effect; the constitutions of four other states also limit marriage to heterosexuals.

New England is also the least religious region of the country . . .

“We have a very methodical way of going out and training folks in the communities on this as their own personal issue,” said [Betsy Smith, executive director of EqualityMaine], who has a staff of 10 full-time field organizers. “They talk to their family and neighbors and co-workers, whether they are gay or straight, about how important it is for everyone to have access to marriage.”

“Every time we talk about this issue we break down barriers,” said State Representative James Splaine of New Hampshire, an openly gay Democrat who sponsored the bill that will now move to the State Senate. “And if we are not successful this year, we will be eventually.”

New England is “probably considered nutty by a lot of the country,” said Gary Buseck, legal director for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and so the Iowa decision could have more national resonance.

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