From Rev. Jerry Farwell (abbreviated):
In November, seven states - Arizona, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin - will vote on marriage protection amendments on state ballots. A proposed amendment also is pending in Colorado. In previous amendment balloting, the average approval rate has been 70 percent.
The significance of these votes is clear: Americans, by large numbers, do not want to legally recognize same-sex marriage. In Arizona, the Alliance Defense Fund joined with the Center for Arizona Policy to collect 300,000-plus signatures of residents who wanted the issue placed on the November ballot. That means many people are ready to defend marriage there.
My friend Robert Knight, director of the Culture & Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America, says, "Homosexual activists are hoping to crack the defensive wall around marriage by filing lawsuits in a number of states, and eventually bringing down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for all federal purposes as the union of a man and a woman, and allows states under the Full Faith and Credit Clause not to be forced to recognize unions not legal under their own laws."
"Their strategy is to win the 'right to marry' in several state courts before they make a head-on challenge in federal court," adds Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women for America. "Even the win in Massachusetts hasn't given them a basis to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act because Massachusetts' law limits same-sex marriage to couples who reside there."
This is a battle we must not lose.