Tuesday, September 01, 2009

R-71 said to be historic

The Secretary of State announced yesterday afternoon, "R-71 headed to November ballot."

It has been said that the signature verification has come under more scrutiny than any referendum or initiative in the state's history.

The Secretary's office also announced it could be the narrowest margin ever for qualifying for a ballot.

As of last night we had 121,617 valid signatures. That number could rise a bit as the final checks are completed. We needed 120,577.

Thank you to all who took part in this truly grassroots effort. Some were saying it could never happen, but you went door to door, to church, to Walmart, to family members, to church friends, to neighbors and anyone else whom you felt would join in defending marriage.

From the young to the elderly, you carried the petitions across this state, because of your deeply held beliefs that marriage is worth defending.

And God blessed your efforts. Thank you for allowing me to work with you. I am honored. Some gave money, some circulated petitions, some did both and all prayed for God's blessing. And God helped us.

Now we face the greater challenge. Over the next few days we will be showing you how we will have a conversation with the state. When people understand, as you do, that SB 5688 is more about homosexual marriage than it is about benefits, they will join in stopping the deconstruction of marriage.

So, what about the lawsuit that is attempting to restrain the Secretary of State from certifying R-71 to the ballot?

There are essentially two allegations. The first alleges that many of you signed the petition before you registered to vote. I do not believe that. However, I personally believe they will find it difficult to even present a legitimate case on that allegation because the petitions are not dated.

Secondly, they allege that the Secretary should throw out many signatures because the back of the petition was not signed by the person who circulated it.

An attorney for the Secretary of State said the Attorney General's Office has advised for several years now that petitions do not have to be signed by the signature gatherers, so long as the declaration is printed on the back of each petition form.

Judge Julie Spector has said she will rule on this on Wednesday. The Secretary of State's office has said he plans to officially certify R-71 to the ballot on Wednesday.

I'm sure you understand, your financial support is absolutely essential at this point. Thank you.

God bless you.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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6 comments:

  1. God, the "Supreme Ruler of the Universe" (See WA State Const. Preamble...), in His Mercy, has allowed the People of WA an opportunity to preserve the title of marriage to what God has ordained as one man and one woman. Dear brothers and sisters, WE who are called by His name, this is good, BUT, WE MUST NOT NEGLECT WHAT BROUGHT US HERE (namely the past 36+ years...). WE MUST RETURN TO A COVENANTAL VIEW OF MARRIAGE. R-71 IS MERELY A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION... WE MUST ALSO CLEARLY DEFINE THE TERMS, IN TRUTH AND LOVE, JUST AS WE ARE NOW ON THE THRESHOLD OF PRESERVING THE MAKE-UP OF MARRIAGE AS ONLY BETWEEN ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN. SPECIFICALLY, WE MUST USE GOD'S WORD, THAT IS GOD'S LAW (i.e. THE SUPREME "RULER" OF THE UNIVERSE'S "RULES") TO RETURN TO A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF "DIVORCE". WHAT MAN NOW, SINCE ONLY 1973 IN WA, CALLS "DISSOLUTION" IS PART OF THE DECEPTION JUST AS MUCH AS CALLING HOMOSEXUALITY "GAY". [On a side note, we must remember that the rainbow is not a banner for what God declares is wicked, but is established as His UNBREAKABLE Covenant between Himself and Creation--A promise not to EVER destroy the Earth again by flood... AND, John describes the throne of God as emanating a "rainbow"!] MARRIAGE IS FOR LIFE, UNTIL THE MAN AND WOMAN ARE SEPARATED BY DEATH... BY DEATH, AND ONLY DEATH, IS THERE A "DISSOLUTION"...! THERE MAY BE DIVORCE, BUT THE SPOUSE DIVORCED IS TO REMAIN DIVORCED FROM THEIR SPOUSE OR BE RECONCILED TO THEIR SPOUSE UNTIL THEIR SPOUSE DIES. THE MARRIAGE COVENANT IS SOMETIMES (ALL TOO OFTEN...) VIOLATED, BUT IT IS ONLY "BROKEN" (i.e. "DISSOLVED") BY DEATH...! FOR THE TWO BECOME ONE, THEY ARE "NO LONGER" TWO, BUT "ONE" FLESH. SEE MARRIAGEDIVORCE.COM FOR IN DEPTH APOLGETICS ON THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MATTER AND ALL RELATED SCRIPTURAL AND RELATED ARGUMENTS. GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU LIVE HIS WILL, AND SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES DAILY. PREACH THE WORD!

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  2. I thought that we have the
    free agency to chose to sin or not to sin. God, the one that knows all, will be the one that judges and punishes sinners. The judging is not up to us. I will not vote
    this .

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  3. I was at the capital in Olympia, in the Senate chamber, and watched as WA senators debated, voted, and passed SB 5688. What I heard was quite disturbing. Many Republicans argued that SB5688 was too contraversial for the Senate to decide and should be placed before the people for a vote. One democrat women senator argued that the people are a hinderance to government "progressing" forward to the inevitable passing of homosexual rights, citing slavery and women's rights as examples of how rights would have been achieved sooner if the people wouldn't have been involved in the political process. In other words, she doesn't like citizens having a voice in government! I couldn't believe what I was hearing! Another democrat senator identified himself as a Christian and claimed that in the name of Christianity and love the Senate should not only pass SB5688, but must not stop until full homosexual marriage rights are achieved. And several other Senators also stated that SB5688 was just the first step toward homosexual marriage. So, don't let anybody fool you as to what SB 5688is truly about. If you can find access to the Senate debate for SB5688, I would urge you to read it and see for yourself that what I say is true.

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  4. So Ralph and others choose not to vote for authentic marriages, for standing up for God's principles. Interesting! My personal prayer is that 'Christians' will open their eyes to the fact that R-71 is to maintain authentic marriages, and that this 'gay movement' is the enemies tools, that we need to pray for,IN LOVE, as it's very sad for those who are caught up in this lifestyle, and yet we have a responsibilty to keep speaking up for the 'wrong' of this lifestyle, as it affects our authentic marriages. WE need to speak up, the same way many of us beleivers stand up for Pro-LIfe! The gay community have their rights and freedoms as fellow citizens, but do no have the right to redefine marriages!

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  5. Yikes Ralph no one who reads your comments here would expect you to support the standard of a man and women supported by state law.

    But I totally agree with your view of God being the Judge . I would hope you would use your same Faith to say the same about my view that supporting a Man and Women as a standard for marriage supports a better life for all of us in the long run also. Regardless if their sinners , little sinners , self righteous or just like most of us sinners , doing the best we can.

    Mick

    Mick

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  6. Ralph, the issue is not judging, but it is for standing up for God's principles. This is a 'good' thing to do! Just like standing up for the unborn, and being pro-life! It's unfortunate that Christians choose to side with the 'worlds' view on things. It is stated in our Book of guidance, the Bible, that things of God appears foolishness to man, that
    the enemey will be 'unleashed' in the 'last days', and use many ways to blind man to the 'Truth' of God's directions! There is no hate, bigotry, condemnation concerning the gay issues, but ONLY the issue of authentic marriages! All other 'freedoms' are still intact for the gay community. This is not about 'take aways', except when it comes to our authentic marraiages only. We have lived in peace all these years, and the issues of rights can be had via lawyers. It has been stated many times, that the legalities
    concerning property rights, hospital visitations etc can be easily be had, via contacting a lawyer, and have such documents on hand, to be covered consistently with these legal concerns. Again, authentic Marriages only--via God's guidance!

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