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Wash. state leads same-sex "marriage" sweep

Michael F. Haverluck   (OneNewsNow.com) Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The leftist agenda is alive and well in The Evergreen State.

Voters in the state of Washington voted to allow same-sex "marriage" Tuesday night, winning 52 to 48 percent, reflecting the blue tide that swept across the nation. (Traditional marriage group in Washington points out only half of ballots have been counted.) The Evergreen State joined Maine and Maryland -- each also winning 52 to 48 percent -- to make a total of nine states (plus Washington, DC) that allow the unbiblical partnerships.

These unprecedented victories for the homosexual agenda marked an end to the 32-state losing streak to legalize same-sex marriage via the ballot box -- dating back to 1998. Also, Minnesota did not join 39 other states banning "gay marriage," as its voters said no to a constitutional ban of their own.

Washington state voters pushed forward a law that already passed the legalization of same-sex marriage earlier this year in February, when the House of Representatives voted for its approval 55-43. However, pro-family advocates gathered 200,000 signatures in June to file a referendum with Washington's secretary of state, which let the voters decide the issue at Tuesday's presidential election.

Homosexual activists spent millions propagating Referendum 74, which received support from not only local corporate giants such as Microsoft, Google, Starbucks, Amazon, Nike, Nordstrom, Costco, REI and Expedia, but also from victorious Democratic candidates, including soon-to-be Gov. Jay Inslee (51 to 49 percent over Rob McKenna), Maria Cantwell (who beat Michael Baumgartner 60 to 40 percent) -- keeping her U.S. Senate seat -- and newly elected House Rep. Susan DelBene (54 to 46 percent over John Koster). With the referendum's passage, same-sex couples can begin applying for marriage licenses as early as December 6.

Leftists high on I-502 as Evergreen State goes to pot

Contributing to the leftists' euphoria Tuesday night of forwarding the h-agenda, Washingtonians also voted to legalize marijuana (55 to 45 percent) through I-502, a campaign that raised $6 million -- $2.8 million of which was spent on TV ads in October. Proponents of the initiative claimed that blacks and Hispanics were arrested for marijuana-related charges at disproportionately high rates and that its legalization will end this "discriminatory" treatment, But opponents see this as a safety issue -- not a civil rights issue.

"It is a grave social injustice to trade the right of a minority to get 'high' for the right of youth to grow up drug-free," said Derek Franklin, president a drug-treatment group that banded with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, neither of which raised money to contest the exorbitant I-502 ads.

Washington, along with Colorado, became the first states to reject the federal drug control policy by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana-- but despite this victory for pot advocates, the U.S. Justice Department could sue to block I-502. Opponents of legalized marijuana fear dire consequences, such as increased drugged driving and heightened youth drug abuse, but marijuana fans discredit such concerns, comparing the adoption of I-502 on Nov. 6 to the 21st Amendment passed in 1933 that ended of the prohibition of alcohol.

This newly adopted policy puts Washington to the left of the Netherlands when it comes to marijuana laws, and also Oregon, which voted against a similar measure. Massachusetts voted Tuesday to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, which 17 other states now allow.

A snowballing agenda from coast to coast

Not contained within state lines, the h-agenda avalanche that saw same-sex marriage legalized in two other states rolled through vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan's home state, as Rep. Tammy Baldwin won her election bid in Wisconsin to become the nation's first openly gay senator.

Adding icing to the cake for the leftist agenda, Democrats reelected to a second term President Barack Obama, considered to be the most pro-homosexual president in U.S. history. Having already worked to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" in the military, it is feared that Obama will work to do away with the federal Defense of Marriage Act, as well, which he refused to defend earlier in his first term.

Thirty-nine states presently have statutes or constitutional amendments protecting marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The three states legalizing same-sex marriage Tuesday night now join Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa and New York, plus Washington, DC, in forwarding the homosexual agenda -- an agenda the president vowed to promote just months ago.

In June, Obama promised the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community at the White House that he is not just their friend but also their advocate, promising that his homosexual activism has only just begun.

Truth and consequences

When all the celebrating on the left is done, many Christians and conservatives fear that there will be many sobering realities with which they will face. Instead of seeing the new same-sex marriage law as an expansion of "rights," pro-family advocates see it as not only tearing down the protection of children, but redefining and destroying the institution of marriage the way it was intended to be -- between one man and one woman to provide a safe, secure and wholesome environment to nurture and develop children.

Massachusetts -- the first state legalizing same-sex marriage -- teaches from books promoting homosexual behavior and releationships to children in public schools, which do not give parents the ability to pull their children from the instruction that attacks and challenges their sincerely held beliefs and convictions. Christian are also concerned that churches will be forced to perform same-sex marriages or face stiff penalties, like the ones issued by courts in New Jersey and New Mexico to a church facility and a wedding photographer (respectively) for declining to offer their services to same-sex couples.

But despite the recent victories registered by the h-agenda at the polls Tuesday, there is disagreement as to whether the results are the beginning of a national trend.

"At the end of the day, we're still at 32 victories," said National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown. "Just because two extreme blue states vote for gay marriage doesn't mean the Supreme Court will create a constitutional right for it out of thin air."

But advocates of homosexual behavior disagree, believing Nov. 6 to be a watershed event.

"The tide has turned," argued Rick Jacobs of the California-based homosexual-rights group Courage Campaign. "Those who oppose the freedom to marry for committed couples are clearly on the wrong side of history."
 
And pro-family advocates also believe there will be a price to be paid for adults voting to entertain their desire to smoke marijuana, as opposed to protecting society's youth.
 
"Legalizing is going to increase marijuana use among kids and really create a mess with the federal government," warns Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention president Derek Franklin. "It's a bit of a tragedy for the state."


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