Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fall Elections 2010 - #2218 - Election 10 - Future of 'Gay Marriage' Could Be at Stake - Baptist Press

The economy may be dominating the election season and Congress may be in the spotlight, but activists on both sides of the "gay marriage" debate are closely watching several key gubernatorial and state legislative races that could determine the future of marriage in the United States.  Statewide races in at least five states -- Minnesota, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland and New York -- could decide whether marriage is redefined nationally to include homosexual couples. At the same time, two states, Iowa and New Hampshire, could see "gay marriage" laws repealed outright if everything falls the way of conservatives in November. None of the states have constitutional marriage amendments.  Conservative groups are watching state races with a close eye this year, particularly after watching legislatures in three states pass laws legalizing "gay marriage" in 2009. The races could go a long way toward giving federal courts an indication of the nation's mood on the issue, said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which backs candidates who support traditional marriage.  Read more....

National Organization for Marriage -  The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.  Founded in 2007 in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures, NOM serves as a national resource for marriage-related initiatives at the state and local level. For decades, pro-family organizations have educated the public about the importance of marriage and the family, but have lacked the organized, national presence needed to impact state and local politics in a coordinated and sustained fashion. NOM seeks to fill that void, organizing as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, giving it the flexibility to lobby and support marriage initiatives across the nation.  Consistent with its 501(c)(4) nonprofit status, NOM works to develop political messaging, build its national grassroots email database of voters, and provide political intelligence and donor infrastructure on the state level, with a focus on developing new strategies for increasing influence in the Northeast and West Coast, where marriage is most under threat.  Read more.......

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