One was pro-life. As a
legislator, the other voted consistently for abortion
(including partial-birth abortion). One candidate supported
the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution, the other
opposed it – as he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act
One candidate opposed the horror
of embryonic stem-cell research, which destroys unborn
children for hypothetical medical benefits, the other
supported it enthusiastically and even campaigned on the
One candidate supported keeping
God in the Pledge of Allegiance, the other took no position on
the matter. One candidate said judges should remain true to
the original intent of the Constitution’s framers. The other
supported an expansive
view of the Constitution (in other words –
legislating from the bench).
The pro-life, pro-family,
pro-faith candidate won – with the largest popular vote in
history. The other candidate was soundly defeated.
I wonder when Hollywood, the
news media and the political establishment will get the
message of the 2004 election; The American people reject their
values – emphatically, decisively and overwhelmingly.
It wasn’t even close. Yesterday,
11 states voted on marriage amendments to their state
constitution. Every one of them passed, by votes ranging from
56% (Oregon) to 85% (Mississippi). In the Midwest and South,
West Coast and Mountain States, voters overwhelmingly endorsed
Activists collected millions of
signatures to qualify these amendments. The contests were
In Ohio (whose amendment banned
civil unions and so-called domestic partnerships, as well as
homosexual marriage), the entire political establishment –
including Ohio’s two Republican senators, most media outlets
and academia -- opposed the marriage amendment. The measure
passed by a vote of 62%, in a state that the president carried
by only 51%.
As of today, a total of 41
states have defined marriage as the union of a man and a
woman, either constitutionally or by statute. (Missouri and
Louisiana passed marriage amendments earlier this year.) This
is far more than the three-quarters of states needed to ratify
an amendment to the United States Constitution.
Still, homosexual “marriage” was
forced on Massachusetts by judicial fiat. Vermont’s
legislature adopted civil unions under a judicial mandate. The
foregoing notwithstanding, the federal courts could devise a
way to establish gay marriage nationally.
The president and pro-family
legislators must use yesterday’s votes as a mandate for the
Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), which they most certainly
This year, a vote on the FMA was
blocked in the Senate. While it had the support of a majority
of House members, it failed to get the two-thirds vote
required for passage.
Along with House and Senate
leadership, President Bush, who campaigned for the marriage
amendment, should bring the FMA up for a vote in both chambers
early next year.
The people have spoken.
Washington must listen.
THE ROAD AHEAD
We’ve passed a milestone. But
our work has just begun.
This election proved our
effectiveness in mobilizing Christian voters. Due to the
exertions of you and millions like you, there was no repeat of
2000, when 5 million evangelicals stayed home.
This time, evangelicals went to
the polls en mass. Their presence is reflected in everything
from the results of political campaigns to referenda
questions. (As well as the 11 state marriage amendments,
parental notification passed in Florida.)
But the enemy isn’t giving up.
If anything, they’ll be back in two years with renewed vigor.
We must be too.
In the meantime, other battles
confront us. Liberal casuists will spare no effort to block
pro-family, pro-morality candidates for the federal courts.
Our effort this year must be duplicated here.
Over the next four years, 3 or 4
members of the United States Supreme Court will retire. Their
replacements will determine the direction of the court for
decades to come. The President will serve another four years.
A Supreme Court justice in his 50s could serve for 30 years.
We must mobilize to persuade the
president to nominate judges who reflect our values and
vision, then fight for their confirmation.
I have no doubt we’ll succeed. God has brought us this far. By
proving ourselves worthy -- and with His help -- we will make
this one nation under God, once again.