Monday, January 09, 2012

Republican Joins Gregoire to Redefine Marriage in WA

State Senator Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, once endorsed by at least one evangelical pastor on the Eastside, has announced he will join the Governor, Sen. Ed Murray and others to advance the homosexual agenda of re-defining marriage in the state.

Not surprisingly, the Seattle Times is defining Republican Litzow as, "A profile in courage, a freshman lawmaker willing to act on conviction." The Times, of course, is urging other Republicans to join him.

This is a snapshot of what happens when good people vote for someone because he or she has an "R" after their name. Or declare they are voting for the "lessor of two evils." Remember, voting for the lessor of two evils is still voting for evil.

As the 2012 Legislative Session begins today in Olympia, the Governor will begin to act on her promise last Thursday to the press. We wrote about it in our blog on Friday.

Gregoire has committed herself to redefining marriage in Washington State this session. She told the press she will not only support the effort of Sen. Ed Murray and other homosexual activists, but would, herself, introduce the bill to do so and lead the charge, thus elevating the re-defining of marriage to the level, or above that of her multibillion dollar fiscal fiasco.

While the state looks to the Governor to lead it out of a financial free fall and cover the budget, she proclaims re-defining marriage a priority. You will recall that she led the crusade for the domestic partnership or "everything but marriage" legislation as well. But do you know how many have taken advantage of her "must have to create equality" legislation?

One fourth of one percent.

Now she wants to stick her finger in the eye of a million or more evangelical, Catholic and mainstream Christians in the state who believe marriage is between one man and one woman, excoriate 5000 years of social and spiritual understanding of marriage and its importance to civilized societies and redefine it.

A dangerous combination of elitism and historical and spiritual ignorance. Even her Pope disagrees with her.

I was told this weekend that the Governor also has additional action items to advance the re-defining of marriage.

But first, I want to thank all those who attended our speaking engagements this weekend. You inspired me. Your response was terrific. And welcome to all those who are newly subscribed to our daily blog and commentary.

Here's what to expect from the Governor.

The Governor, we believe, will introduce her bill to redefine marriage very early in the session---probably this week.

We will regularly update you as she introduces the bill and when the public hearing will be held. We will be asking at least 10,000 people to show up on the campus the day of the hearing. More specific details will follow in the next few days as information becomes available.

Governor Gregoire, I was told over the weekend by some in the Legislature, also plans to make a move to circumvent the state Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), much like President Obama has done, declaring DOMA to be unfair, discriminatory and unconstitutional---even though it is presently law in the state and was upheld by the State Supreme Court.

We will keep you informed.

Even the Seattle Times' Andrew Garber admitted yesterday that the Governor's actions are creating a volatile environment that will strain the ability of the Legislature to get the work of the state done in the allotted 60 days. He called it a "volatile mix of budget and social issues."

Indeed.

The faith based organizations and a number of legislators are together on this issue and we are ready for a concerted response in defense of marriage.

Please call your lawmakers and tell them you strongly oppose so-called "homosexual" marriage and ask them not to support it.

Please forward this information to as many as possible---family, friends, members of your church, etc.

And thank you for standing with us with your financial support.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

15 comments:

  1. Gary is hoping you know nothing about math...

    How many have taken advantage of domestic partnerships in Washington, he asks. "One fourth of one percent," says Gary.

    I'm assuming he means that only one fourth of one percent of the total population got domestic partnerships during an unmentioned time period... Sounds small doesn't it?

    So how does that compare to heterosexual marriage licenses? It's easy to check marriage statistics on the Washington state Department of Health pages (google it). What's the rate for straight marriages? Take a guess. 15 percent? 10? 5?

    Nope... Only six tenths of one percent of Washington residents got married in 2010 (the latest year for which stats are available). Should we abolish straight marriage? No, of course not... It's just a misleading number. That's more than 40,000 marriages.

    If you're right, you don't need to distort information to win people to your side.

    Tony

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  2. Always amazes me the waffling that goes on here and the conflating of the religious rite of marriage with the 100% secular civil contract licensed with same name.

    If you are talking about religion, then same sex couples are in marriages all over the state since many churches will bless same sex marriages. So, by your very contention this is a religious issue marriage already IS redefined and some married citizens are being denied their right to license with their husband or wife with the state.

    But if you are saying the state 'defines' marriage - again, what person thinks the state is the source of marriage. I don't, do you? If it is please explain and if it isn't how is letting all married citizens not have access to the civil contract not a 'Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's' situation? I mean equal treatment under the law for all religions is in our state constitution, right?

    I am curious about the 'one quarter of one percent' source. There have been about 200,000 marriage licenses issued in washington state (we are pretty rock steady in the 30-40,000 a year range) since the very start of domestic partnerships in 2007 and there have been about 10,000 domestic partnerships registered.

    So about 5% or so of civil. contracts licensed are to married couples of the same sex. Considering population estimates are that only 2.5% of the population are self identified gay lesbian or bi they seem to be taking advantage of the ability to license at twice the rate of opposite sex couples.

    So what is your ¼ of 1% even about? the general population of Washington?

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  3. You are right Tony, it seems he is dividing the number of people in domestic partnerships since 2007 by the entire population of the state of Washington. Of course using the same metric for people who have licensed the Marriage contract in the same time frame you find it is only 2.5% of the population. So 2.5% of straights, 0.25% of gays. A tenth of contracts are going to same sex married couples by this calculation.

    Either way it seems that gays are stepping up to the marriage plate at many times the rate of straight couples and yet he complains.

    There's just no making some people happy.

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  4. Thanks Gary, Keep up the good work. It's more than a religious or civil issue, it's a moral issue. Nevada has legalized prostitution, so have some countries, that hasn't removed the immorality of the practice or the "stigma" associated with it and it never will.

    MARRIAGE = ONE MAN + ONE WOMEN

    Craig in Lacey

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  5. Tony & Oshtur,

    There's just no making some people truthful nor opening their eyes to the obvious.

    Your full time job seems to be continuing arguments and applying what ever logic might appeal or apply to your aberrant behavior that in itself - if one would just step back and look with the most broad mind - is completely illogical. I mean really - two men, two women??

    You can post your comments till the world ends but it can never change the truth that two men don't go together. In order to get past the obvious you must go on and on about how logical it is from your point of view......"See, what I see? Don't you understand? Please just condone what I'm doing? I want to feel normal and connected to the rest of you."

    Your sincere and logical propositions and comments may convince you but they can never be true. You see a lie is never true just because you keep repeating it.

    The truth about your lifestyle is very ugly. Your homosexual society is violent, promiscuous, bitter, petty and very deceitful. In fact deceit is the fuel you live on and spread to others. The only way to bring others into your lifestyle is to groom the already troubled. Many many years of ministry in San Fransisco after leaving homosexuality for the freedom of Jesus revealed this.

    Now, I already know what you are going to say because you post the same things over and over. Knock yourselves out. I probably won't read it because I have way too many better things to do. I simply ask others who are reading please don't be fooled by Tony's and Oshtur's elegant posting. Trust your own instincts about the homosexual lifestyle.

    Oops, I was going to suggest googling something about it but I just did and I DO NOT recommend it. Very gross.

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  6. Say what you will about the governor's position, but I don't see how you can possibly accuse her of elitism. In 2009, the people voted on something very close to marriage. Indeed, the opposition stated that it was for all intents and purposes, gay marriage. And the voters approved it. The only poll since 2009 suggests majority support for gay marriage. So if anything, the governor is a populist, not an elitist.

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  7. So no logical rebuttal, just ad hominems and lies. You commit everything Jesus error Jesus warned about on the sermon on the Mount and ignore the simple things he asked you to do.

    I don't have to convince you since you have chosen to be beyond redemption.

    (oh google the heterosexual lifestyle - not much difference)

    And now with 2 Republican Senate votes, passage of the bill is almost assured.

    See ya on the 23rd!

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    1. How interesting. I did google heterosexual lifestyle and the entire first page is homosexual websites addressing the "myth" of the heterosexual lifestyle. What a joke. What lengths to go to try and make something real that is NOT.

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    2. Oshtur,
      Hmmm you simply ignore that this person has experience of which they speak. So logic, experience and results don't mean anything to you???

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    3. Lets see just telling me I'm wrong and lying, and just saying 'don't listen to them' is what experience? They said nothing other than attack the speaker and never rebutted the message.

      That's not logic, they mentioned no experience, and what results? It was just mean spirited attack, picking at the logs in other eyes, and as such a violation of 'thou shalt not kill' as Jesus illustrated in the Sermon on the Mount. The person showed no love of God or their neighbor. They are by Christian standards reprobate and not even attempting to follow Christ's Law.

      If they have a 'logic' other than 'neener neener neener' I don't see it.

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  8. If this bill passes the legislature and the governor signs it, the people of Washington State will be outraged since they were denied the opportunity to vote on the matter.

    Tell me in what state has gay marriage been voted on and supported by the majority of the people? Remember what happened to the justices in Iowa. Just because a law is passed doesn't meen the people have to follow or respect it. The constitution guarantees religious freedom, and this case will only help rekindle the importance of those with faith to freely express it. There will be a backlash as society begins to slide down a slippery slope.

    Christians survived the downfall of the paganistic Roman Empire and the barbarians who conquered them. Those grounded with virtue and the guidance of scripture will maintain the foundations to remain steadfast and strong as the moral values of the world crumble around them.

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  9. If this bill passes the legislature and the governor signs it, the people of Washington State will be outraged since they were denied the opportunity to vote on the matter.
    Only the ones who didn't take Washington state civics class in middle school. We Washingtonians know the legislature passes legislation, and if we don't like it we start a referendum. Really, it's what you did for R71 where it turned out the legislature did do what the voters wanted.

    Oh and Rome fell after the Christians took over - it did great under the pagans. The rise of religious fundamentalism is one of the best signs of a failing culture.

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  10. HEll hath no fury like the 2010 midterm elections. We saw a radical overturning of the house and soon the senate will fall. As will this proposition. Which is ungodly. Those who support it will fall as well. Does no one remember what happened to Sodom and Gomorroah? Rome fell in the 4th century from this same type of pagan sexual immorality. Pick up a history book you idiot.

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  11. Homosexuality in ancient Rome
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Why Rome Fell.
    Same-sex attitudes and behaviors in ancient Rome often differ markedly from those of the contemporary West. Latin lacks words that would precisely translate "homosexual" and "heterosexual." The primary dichotomy of ancient Roman sexuality was active/dominant/masculine and passive/submissive/"feminized". Roman society was patriarchal, and the freeborn male citizen possessed political liberty (libertas) and the right to rule both himself and those of his household (familia). "Virtue" (virtus) was seen as an active quality through which a man (vir) defined himself. The conquest mentality and "cult of virility" shaped same-sex relations. Roman men were free to enjoy sex with other males without a perceived loss of masculinity or social status, as long as they took the dominant or penetrative role. Acceptable male partners were slaves, prostitutes, and entertainers, whose lifestyle placed them in the nebulous social realm of infamia, excluded from the normal protections accorded a citizen even if they were technically free. Although Roman men in general seem to have preferred youths between the ages of 12 and 20 as sexual partners, freeborn male minors were strictly off-limits, and professional prostitutes and entertainers might be considerably older.

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  12. Rome fell because the Christians took over. The sexual practices cited were ones that were common from its Republic days, and were part and parcel of its most powerful golden age. It was when the Christians took over and focused on outlawing things like these 'important social issues' that Rome fell.

    You really should pick up a history book yourself.

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