Some have compared Washington State to Wisconsin---cool, hip, "progressive" and left leaning.
I don't know about those similarities---but I have noticed one.
This week Wisconsin voters said no to unions who were attempting to bankrupt the state, and the far left progressives who speak for them.
Governor Scott Walker won the recall attempt by a substantial margin. It really wasn't even close.
And the far left was generally silent. Except that a far left Wisconsin blog reported they expected a 119% voter turnout. I'm not making this up.
This week, over 230,000 Washington citizens said no to the left leaning Washington State Legislature, putting the bill they passed to redefine marriage on the ballot for a vote of the people in November.
While there was something rivaling a religious meeting when the Governor and homosexual activists Sen. Murray and Rep. Pederson pushed through the homosexual marriage bill last February, there was relative silence as more than 230,000 signatures were off loaded in the Secretary of State's office this week saying, "No, the legislature does not have the last word on marriage." Only 120,000 were needed.
And the Left has been generally silent.
Even The Seattle Times had little to say except that R-74 would undoubtedly make the ballot and to quote homosexual activist UW professor Peter Nicolas, "While rejection of the measure would repeal the law, Peter Nicolas, law professor at UW, said there's nothing preventing the Legislature from bringing up the issue again next session."
Well, that's not entirely true. There are a couple of things that could prevent the Legislature from bringing "up the issue again next session."
First, the passage of I-1192. This is why we are encouraging everyone to continue to gather signatures through the month of June. The sponsor of I-1192 must turn in at least 300,000 signatures by July 6 in order to put that measure on the ballot.
Secondly, people of faith and conservatives can speak forcefully at the ballot regarding candidates as they have done in putting R-74 on the ballot.
Most of us remember there were 4 Republican senators who broke rank with their colleagues, voted against marriage with the Governor and allowed the legislation to pass the senate. Without their betrayal of principle, the bill would not have survived the senate.
They were Republican Senators Andy Hill (Redmond), Joe Fain (Auburn), Steve Litzow (Mercer Island) and Cheryl Pflug (Maple Valley).
Pflug is gone. She won't have to face re-election. The Governor gave her a 6 year, $550,000 committee appointment.
Andy Hill, Joe Fain and Steve Litzow can and should be replaced.
There are also other candidates running for various offices who, if elected, will stand for marriage.
And while Republican Reagan Dunn is not a legislator, he came out strongly for homosexual marriage. Dunn is running for State Attorney General. He too should be remembered by those who stand for marriage.
Our Faith and Freedom PAC will be actively communicating on these matters in the coming weeks and months.
It is not likely the far left will remain silent, but for the moment, the silence is deafening.
We are preparing a very aggressive educational campaign in support of marriage. Some of you recently received more specific information detail on this matter.
As we move forward, we urgently need your financial support now. The battle for marriage lies just ahead. Faith and Freedom has been involved in this battle for a number of years. During that time some voices have come and gone. We have remained faithful and steady in our stance for marriage. We need you to stand with us at this time.
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