Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gay Activists in WA Legislature Amend Their Bill

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The gay activist legislators are starting to tweak their "gay marriage" bill. They are showing a little concern, which is a departure from the usual arrogance we have seen recently.

The boldness with which they have been proceeding seems to have paused, at least for a moment. Clearly it is in part because the public is becoming more aware that this whole charade is not really about benefits so much as it is about "marriage." Both the House and Senate bills have been adjusted.

Your calls to Rep. Pederson have not gone unnoticed. Senator DeBolt has deeply appreciated your calls to his office voicing your opposition to SB 5688 and your support of his leadership.

We have been saying, including in testimony before the hearings committee in Olympia, that there are three basic reasons why we strongly oppose domestic partnerships and ultimately gay marriage.

(1) It is fiscally irresponsible. It creates a new class of entitlements and puts it on top an already broken social security system, welfare system, health care system and the pension and benefits systems. The state is unable to meet current obligations, much less a yet unknown amount of additional costs. Private business cannot afford it.

(2) Domestic partnerships is not primarily about benefits. It is about incrementally achieving "marriage" for homosexuals.

(3) We believe that biblical teaching and principles have historically provided a moral compass for America and America has prospered. Homosexual relations are condemned by biblical teaching and considered sin. For more than 5000 years every major religion has condemned homosexual relations. The traditional family is the cornerstone of any successful society and to enshrine homosexuality into law as normal will undermine the fabric of a society and introduce sex-ed materials into the public school curriculum that teaches homosexuality as normal when it is not.

Now the openly gay legislators who are leading the move toward homosexual marriage are, shall we say. adjusting a little bit.

Last Thursday the sponsors of SB 5688, expansion of domestic partner rights, a.k.a. gay marriage, offered a substitute, which removes the reference to domestic partners in the definition of "marriage" in the statute dealing with sex offenses.

That's interesting. It doesn't change anything except, perhaps someones perception of the bill. And actually provides some additional protection for gays.

Also the requirement that agencies amend their rules is now subject to availability of funds. The delayed effective date specifically applies to the section amending Basic Health Plan.

We have been telling the press, the committee and everyone across the state who would listen to us that this is not primarily about benefits. Senator Ed Murray told the press the day after they passed the domestic partners bill last year, that benefits was not the goal---he said marriage is the goal. They are now acting on their true agenda.

If they can only get all these entitlements, they will delay them due to lack of funds, because the plan is to litigate once the expansion is in place. This expansion bill removes any legal difference between domestic partnerships and marriage. They can then litigate for the word marriage on the basis of discrimination.

They may not be backing off, but they have blinked. Your calls to Rep. Pederson have helped.

We are in the process of talking to elected officials who may be torn between the fairness of providing benefits and the apparent real goal of re-engineering marriage and the family. We are assuring them you will vote next time.

We are impacting the process, however it is a process.

We are standing against a highly funded homosexual lobby and are able to continue day to day only because you are standing with us financially and with your calls, email and prayer.

Your financial support allows us to continue to stand in the gap on what I feel is one of the two most defining issues of this generation.

We are willing to stand, take the hits and keep going if you will stand with us. We will continue through this legislative process into and through the referendum process if necessary.

Your tax-deductible donation today would help a great deal.

Thank you and God bless you.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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