However, the margins of victory were not that large, even in such liberal states as these where practicing Christians are in the vast minority. In fact, in all four states those voting for natural marriage outnumbered those voting for Gov. Mitt Romney. In Maryland natural marriage received 48 percent of the vote, Romney only 37 percent. In Maine natural marriage got 47 percent while Romney only polled 41 percent. In Minnesota natural marriage received 48 percent, Romney 45 percent and in the state of Washington, where almost everyone is liberal, natural marriage received 48 percent and Romney just 42 percent. Heretofore, homosexual marriage had lost 32 out of 32 times when put before voters in various states.
What this proves is those pundits who tell Republican candidates to stay away from this issue because it is a “loser” politically were wrong. In fact, one might argue, had Romney promoted his stance for traditional marriage and contrasted it with President Obama’s newly adopted stand in favor of gay marriage it could have very well helped him. But the Romney campaign chose not to mention the issue at all.
In fact, all Romney talked about was money, the economy and jobs. He really did not even talk about the national debt problem much or national security. And he completely stayed away from the social issues. That “one issue” strategy can be second guessed somewhat, I suppose. Granted, that issue is always the number one issue among most Americans who vote, but still, not to speaking to these other issues – where he could have clearly contrasted his views from Obama’s – I think would have helped him gain more votes. But I guess doing so would have also cost him votes,i the way he was thinking. The tension continues in the GOP between the Reagan conservatives (who include social issues as part of their agenda) and the talk-about-money-only Republicans.
Another fascinating aspect of the whole gay marriage issue is how the word “hate” is thrown around by the those who support redefining marriage for the first time in human history. Funny thing, we who favor natural marriage hold the identical position that Obama did just a few short months ago. He even ran in 2008 as being against homosexual marriage. He made it clear on that point. None on the left called him the candidate of “hate.” The only thing that I can figure out is that he mislead the public then because he thought being in favor of gay marriage would hurt him with voters. Later, three years into his presidency, Vice President Joe Biden told a Sunday talk show he was in favor of same-sex marriage forcing his boss to come out of the close in favor of it himself. A lot of politicians play games with issues to try and fool the public, but I have not seen any quite as calculating as Obama was on this particular issue. Seems to me gays and lesbians would have been offended the way he was playing games with their cause/lives, seeing which way the wind was blowing.
In any event, like so many issues of our time, this matter will be decided by the United States Supreme Court when the California Proposition 8 case reaches Washington. The nine justices will decide if state’s have the right to define marriage or not. It would be good if America had a decision on this soon.
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.