The media narrative this morning is that conservatives won big with the defeat of 36-year incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in Indiana’s primary. While this event has shaken up the establishment, just as jarring are the election results out of North Carolina.
In spite of several hundred thousand telephone calls with a message from former President Bill Clinton, being outspent more than two-to-one, and liberal-backed TV ads at a rate of three-to-one over conservatives, marriage protection won big in the state.
To the shock of the media and far left, North Carolina voters voted overwhelmingly to protect their marriage laws from judicial activists and legal efforts by homosexual demands groups seeking to undefine marriage. North Carolinians approved Amendment One by a wide and decisive margin (61%-39%) that surprised many liberals who had hoped for a first win in the state marriage referendum battle with their organizational and money advantages and a sympathetic media.
North Carolina is the 31st state to move to protect their marriage laws. (Every time the people have been allowed to vote to protect marriage, they do.) Today the media is full of stories on this vote, trying to portray it as an extreme measure, even though it is straightforward and substantively the same as the language adopted by several other states.
Here is what voters approved that is allegedly so extreme and mean spirited:
“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”
While all the attention this election is on the economy, a recent poll from Pew Research found that a significant number of voters (28%) say that marriage protection is “very important.” This is why internally there is angst in Democrat circles over Vice President Biden’s comments early this week saying that his watching “Will & Grace” made him “absolutely comfortable with men marrying men.”
As one wishful thinking former Democrat Congressman from Alabama said . . . (Wishful because it is obvious that President Obama and his administration are extremely pro-gay marriage.)
"There are substantial numbers of Americans... who wish Obama would at least defend his ground, perhaps with a clean, simple argument that respects that marriage in our culture is not the equivalent of seeking a job, entering a restaurant, or signing a contract (for all the forced comparisons with civil rights). Instead, it is an institution with deeply sectarian roots that occurs for the vast majority of our families inside the walls of a church or at the behest of a minister or rabbi. Moreover, for many Americans within virtually every single faith, defining marriage in a traditional manner is neither malice nor intolerance but a command of conscience. Declaring that faith proposition dead shouldn't be the role of a President or a Supreme Court."