As Senator Murray carried his gay legislation across the goal line last night, winning approval from a majority of his colleagues in the Senate, he called the Defense of Marriage Act a "reprehensible law." DOMA, as you know, is the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
Regardless of their words, the actions of a majority of the senators affirmed Murray, his position on marriage and, unfortunately, SB 5688, which he sponsored. The bill was passed and its on to the House of Representatives where the companion bill is assured to pass. Gregoire will sign it into law.
Please review how your senator voted on this bill.
Senators Swecker, Stevens, Roach and Holmquist stood tall for traditional values and spoke against the bill, telling their colleagues this would likely be the last vote they would have on gay marriage. Several Democrats stood for marriage with these and other pro-marriage lawmakers--but in the end there were not enough senators who would vote for marriage.
Most disappointing was the three Republicans who refused to vote for marriage. More on that later.
I am correctly quoted in the Seattle Times this morning saying, "This is the last incremental step before they try to attach the name 'marriage' to what is now called domestic partnerships."
I told the Times that if SB 5688 and it's House companion HB 1727 become law, homosexual activists will argue to the courts that there is no difference between domestic partnerships and marriage and they will have reasonable cause.
Some of the comments made by lawmakers last night were almost unbelievable. I have some comments on that and want to share where we go from here.
Republican Senator Dale Brandland, District 42, which covers Bellingham north to Lynden, Blain and Sumas---west to Point Roberts and east into the mountains said, "This is about equality. I think they are born gay--if you're born gay, you're going to have those feelings for other people---it's the right thing to do."
Does that represent the views and beliefs of those of you who live in his district? Particularly those of you who are Republicans. Why do you elect someone who clearly has no grasp on the lack of any evidence that homosexuality is genetic. This man is a gay activist's fantasy.
If Republicans, or any politician for that matter, can not support traditional marriage, the fundamental building block of any and every society in history, they are either out of touch or committed to the radical gay agenda. If they want to serve, they should move to downtown Seattle, Portland or San Francisco where they will actually represent their constituents.
Republican Senator Janea Holmquist, representing District 13, which includes Rosyln, CleElum east to Moses Lake, Warden and south to Terrace Heights and the east side of Yakima, stood strongly in support of marriage. She also said she believes this was their last opportunity to vote on marriage. She said, "It gets around DOMA--will alter marriage by creating an equal equivalent. She said, "Gays have a right to their relationships---but do not have a right to redefine marriage.
Republican Senator Curtis King from District 14, which includes Union Gap, west Yakima, Selah, Gleed, Tieton, Naches and into the mountains voted with Murray.
Republican Senator Pflug, District 5, also voted with Murray.
There are other comments from senators that are both telling and revealing, however I will get to that later.
It was Senator Murray's passionate plea just prior to the vote, that alarmed me most. He referred to his seat mate and his partner and their children, assuring his colleagues that they were just like any other family or something very close to that, but it was a single comment that I will not soon forget.
He said, "Don't worry about the children." Senator Murray is the last person who should be assuring anyone about children's safety in the context of a homosexual home---and the Senator knows exactly what I'm referring to.
Where do we go from here?
Today we begin the process of defeating Senators Brandland, King and Pflug in the primaries. I understand this will put us against the Republican Party, however we have no other choice. We communicated with them and their offices as to how very important this matter is with people of faith, yet they were compelled to vote with Murray and the gay activists.
Faith and Freedom, along with other organizations, is sponsoring a rally for marriage on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, March 19 at noon. I and others will be speaking. Please plan to attend if at all possible. I know some of you cannot attend because of work, etc., we also know this is short notice, but please encourage others who can attend to do so.
This rally will have no affect on the votes of our elected officials, however it will be the beginning of a referendum movement to repeal their actions.
There are those, even now, who are saying that the conservative and faith community lack the will or the financial resources to stand against Murray and his people. I do not believe that. This is a spiritual matter, not a political one.
I believe we do. There are no words that can adequately express our need for you to stand with us during this time.
I simply believe God will speak to your heart and you will respond.
Thank you and God bless you.
Faith & Freedom
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