Support for Traditional Marriage Growing in Key States

We’ll know Wednesday if it was enough, but polls indicate that support for traditional marriage is on the rise in states which will vote on it tomorrow.

A recent CNA article says in part:

Washington D.C., Nov 3, 2012 / 08:47 am (CNA).- Recent polls show increasing support for marriage being the union of one man and one woman in states that will soon cast ballots on whether to legalize “gay marriage.”

“Our opponents are hugely outspending us and had a jump start on us when it comes to getting the message across, though they failed to move the needle much their direction,” explained Thomas Peters, cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage.

“Now that we are on the airwaves as well, we are having success in changing hearts and minds,” Peters told CNA on Nov. 2.

In the final days before the election, the National Organization for Marriage is working with other marriage supporters to reach and mobilize 10 million voters through a robocall campaign in key states.

The calls – which will be placed in both English and in Spanish – will reach out to voters of various political beliefs who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Marriage is an important issue this year for voters in four states.

In Minnesota, voters will have the chance to approve a state constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Citizens in Maryland and Washington state will be faced with referendums to approve or reject recent laws legalizing same-sex “marriage.” In Maine, advocates of redefining marriage have placed a measure on the ballot to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

A number of recent polls in these states have suggested that the measures are in a dead heat, with defense of marriage on the rise.

A poll conducted Oct. 26-28 by SurveyUSA found the Minnesota amendment as being too-close-to-call, with marriage defenders leading those who wished to redefine the institution by one point, within the survey’s margin of error.

A Washington survey found the percentage of voters committed to defending marriage has risen in recent weeks, as the gap of undecided voters narrows.

The Elway Poll, an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion trends, found in its Oct. 24 analysis that support for redefining marriage in the state dropped by two points from September to October, falling below 50 percent.

Meanwhile, opposition to redefining the institution has risen by eight points within that same time, bringing the ballot measure to within four points.

In Maryland, an Oct. 20-23 poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun indicated a dead heat, while a poll that it commissioned a month ago showed proponents of redefining marriage with a 10 point lead – 49 percent to 39 percent.

The newspaper reported that in late September, a majority of the African American community supported redefining marriage, while the most recent poll found that 50 percent opposed it and 42 percent supported it. It attributed this shift in black opinion to the efforts of religious leaders.

Peters agreed that “in Maryland special credit goes to the African-American pastors and leaders who are informing their community” about the importance of defending marriage.

Contributing to these efforts is the Coalition of African-American Pastors, a national group that has been working to raise awareness and support for marriage at the grassroots level.

Rev. Williams Owens, president of the coalition, recently spoke out against an ad aimed at African American Christians that encouraged them to follow President Barack Obama’s lead by voting to redefine marriage in Maryland.

“This ad is the worst attempt at pandering and manipulating the Black community to ignore their own pastors who rightfully uphold the sanctity of traditional marriage,” he said in an Oct. 31 statement. (Read more here.)

  • Jessica Hoff

    Some good news there, Rebecca. May The Lord continue to bless your great Nation, and may it soon be once again one nation united under God.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Jessica.

  • Bill S

    Gays are a minority. How can the rights of a minority group be determined through a referendum?

    • Ted Seeber

      The terminally ill elderly are a minority, how can their right not to be killed for their inheritance be decided by a referendum?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Are homosexuals a minority? Aside from numerically, in what sense. Are they an ethnic group? Do they have a discreet set of beliefs or heritage? In what way are they a minority?

      • Bill S

        They are a minority in that they can’t secure their rights through their own vote. They need the empathy and compassion of straight voters, which is not forthcoming from the religious right. I don’t remember having a referendum in Massachusetts about gay marriage. It was passed in the legislature and signed by the governor.

    • Dave

      Marriage is not a civil right. The state has an interest in marriage only because it has an interest in seeing the next generation of citizens raised in a loving, stable manner. We have already gone a long way towards destroying marriage with contraception and divorce, to the point where many people have forgotten the original reason why marriage is privileged by society, and now think it’s just a means to codify who is having physical intimacy* with whom.

      I used the term “physical intimacy” instead of sex on purpose. The only couple really capable of having sexual relations is a man and a woman. Other than that, it’s basically mutual masturbation.

      • Bill S

        As a voter, the “physical intimacy” that you are referring to is none of my business. If it were on a referendum here, I would be voting for or against granting equal rights to people who don’t live their lives as I do.

        • Dave

          On that basis, then, you should not object to any two people getting married, i.e. a brother and sister, or a mother and son (or daughter). After all, any physical intimacy is none of our business. The truth is that societal attitudes about sex are very important for any society, and are critical in deciding what sort of society you end up having.

          • Bill S

            All of these things gross me out but still I would not discriminate against gays. It is a lifestyle that I don’t personally condone but, yes, it is none of my business. Society won’t suffer if people mind their business on this particular issue. Not all issues, obviously.

  • Bill S

    That’s not the purpose of Question 2. That would be an abuse of the law.

    The traditional marriage referendum particularly targets a minority.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      That may not be the purpose of Question 2, but it will be one of the results. Since Question 2 changes the law, saying that it can’t do something because of the law is circular reasoning. I’ll talk about what’s happened in Oregon after the election when everyone is settled down. Be careful what you advocate for Bill.

    • Ted Seeber

      “That’s not the purpose of Question 2. That would be an abuse of the law.”

      The whole purpose of such a law is to be abused.

      • Bill S

        I’ve given up on Question 2. I can’t even get my wife to vote for it. It has received zero public support. Its advocates are from the former Hemlock Society. I don’t think there are enough liberal voters to pass it. Not a single newspaper has endorsed it. As far as I am concerned, it is dead in the water.