Monthly Archives: November 2012

French Primary School Kids to Get Lessons in Gay Parenting

The UK Christian Institute:

Primary school children in France will be taught about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, under new plans announced by the French Government.

The move comes as the French Government continues to press ahead with a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, which is due to be voted in January 2013.

French Minister for Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said children as young as six and seven will learn about homosexual relationships and same-sex parenting.

The proposals are said to be part of a wider scheme to make France a “world leader in the fight against homophobia”.

A raft of other measures was also announced, including plans to give transgender people legal recognition of their new sex.

Last week the French Socialist Government said the plans to legalise same-sex must include “assisted human procreation” for gay couples.

Ontario Judge: Parents Have No Right to Know What Gay Activist Taught Their Children


Parents and ratepayers in a Hamilton area school board will never know exactly what a homosexual activist told their children during a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) assembly a year ago.

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario upheld last week the decision of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) to “deny access to the record” of the speech.

Suresh Dominic of Campaign Life Catholics told that parents of school children should be “outraged that they have been denied the right to know what is being taught to their children.”

Last November, a certified teacher named Laura Wolfson was invited as a guest speaker at a school-wide GSA held at Parkside High School in Dundas. Wolfson reportedly identified herself to the 400 students as a lesbian “youth worship leader” from a synagogue and held herself out to be an authority on Old Testament Scripture.

Wolfson allegedly sought to discredit Catholic teaching on homosexuality by suggesting that since the eating of fish on Fridays was no longer adhered to, neither should biblical teachings on homosexuality.

Post-Marriage Election Round-Up: Statements from (Arch)bishops and Catholic Conferences -- Disappointment, Gratitude, Resolve

From the Marriage, Unique for a Reason blog run by the U.S. Bishops:

In addition to Archbishop Cordileone’s statement expressing disappointment about the results of the four marriage referenda, Archbishops, Bishops, and Catholic Conferences in the four states where voters voted to redefine marriage on Tuesday have released statements. Their words echo Cardinal Dolan’s conviction, expressed in a statement released after the election: “We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.”

Read the statements by the Catholic bishops and Catholic conferences in the four states here.

More Baltimore Ravens Players Stand Up for Biblical Marriage

The Christian Post:

Maryland voters approved same sex-marriage by popular vote Tuesday, a move that has been a cause for debate for Christian Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard and some of his teammates.

Pollard, 27-year-old NFL safety, said many of his teammates agree with his biblical standpoint on the subject of same-sex marriage.

"When it's all said and done, there are a lot of guys on this team that stand firmly behind what the Bible says -- that a man marries a woman and a woman marries a man," Pollard said in a Mercury News report.

Pollard said he felt that people in power were reshaping important societal principles.

"It shows you that people in high power are changing what was set for a very long time," Pollard said in the Mercury News piece. "These are the principles, man, this is what life is about. But when it's all said and done, they came in and changed it."

Erick Erickson On Why Social Issues Are Critical to the Growth of the GOP

Erick Erickson of RedState:
"...A sizable portion of those black and hispanic voters voted GOP despite disagreeing with the GOP on fiscal issues. But they are strongly social conservative and could not vote for the party of killing kids and gay marriage. So they voted GOP. 

You throw out the social conservatives and you throw out those hispanic and black voters. Further, you make it harder to attract new hispanic voters who happen to be the most socially conservative voters in the country.

Next, you’ll also see a reduction of probably half the existing GOP base. You won’t make that up with Democrats who suddenly think that because their uterus is safe they can now vote Republican. Most of those people don’t like fiscal conservatism either — often though claiming that they do.

... It’s not time to throw out social conservatives. It’s time to accept that without them the GOP would be even a smaller party even less able to reach out to the hispanic demographic all the smart people say they need to embrace. Addition through subtraction never really works well."

A Tough Election, NOM Marriage News

NOM National Newsletter

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It was a very tough election for marriage. On Wednesday, the day after, Maggie Gallagher was at church, and she emailed me to let me know about what the readings at Mass that day had to say. She said she thought that the reading from Paul's letter to the Philippians seemed to be speaking very clearly to all of us who are in the fight to defend marriage:

My beloved, obedient as you have always been,
not only when I am present but all the more now when I am
absent, work out your salvation
with fear and trembling.
For God is the one who, for his good purpose,
works in you both to desire and to work.

Let's take a step back and assess what happened.

Crunching the Numbers

We narrowly lost in four deep blue states, after being badly outspent. Even though NOM contributed a record amount to help these state races—$5.5 million—our opponents were able to amass vast amounts of cash to drive their campaigns. They outspent us by $20 million, and that money helped them win narrow victories.

How close did we come? In Maine, we would have won if 18,000 voters had gone the other way. In Maryland, we lost by 94,000 votes out of 2.4 million cast. In Minnesota, about 100,000 votes out of 2.9 million cast. And in Washington, we lost by 83,000 votes out of 2.1 million ballots counted so far (final results there won't be known for days).

We always knew it would be a tough fight. These states are so liberal that they were never contested at the presidential level, except very late in Minnesota, resulting in blowout wins for Obama in each of the four states.

It's funny how the left and the media work. Can you imagine if marriage elections were held in Texas, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina and gay marriage advocates had narrowly lost those fights after being outspent by $20 million? Do you think the media and the left would suggest that homosexual marriage advocates cut and run and give up the fight because they lost in those states? Of course not! If anything, they'd be congratulating them on a great showing.

Yet some advocates on the left and in the media are saying we've lost. It's preposterous!

One of the PR spins that our opponents are pushing is that somehow these votes signal that the country has changed their views about same-sex marriage. That is preposterous as well.

Bottom Line: Marriage Still a Winning Proposition

NOM is today releasing the results of a nationwide survey conducted on Election Day of actual voters. The poll was conducted by Kellyanne Conway's highly regarded firm, 'the polling company, inc.' This latest survey shows that fully 60% of voters believe marriage is one man and one woman, which is consistent with the 57% result they found in September.

And here's another point the media should consider: despite narrowly losing, the pro-marriage position out-performed the Republican ticket by an average of 6.6 points in these four states. This confirms that had marriage been put to a national vote, our side would likely have captured at least 55% of the popular vote this past Tuesday. The GOP ticket captured 48.4% of the popular vote nationwide. Marriage outperformed the GOP ticket by an average of 6.6 points. The facts show that it is wrong to contend that preserving marriage as the union of a man and a woman is anything but a winning issue in America.

But coming back to the elections, even though we fought valiantly, none of us accept losing. I promise you we will be chewing through the data, re-evaluating what worked and what didn't, and figuring out and sharing with you how to forge new pathways to new victories.

Forging New Pathways for the Fights Ahead

It's clear that we need to forge new partnerships with so-called 'economic conservatives'—the people who contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to candidates and Super PACs to run ads about the economy. We need to show them how supporting marriage will help conservative candidates, and that it is in their own interests to ensure that marriage campaigns are well-funded.

It's also clear that we need to create structures that will allow deeper engagement within the evangelical, orthodox and other supportive religious communities, and translate the conceptual support we enjoy into creating tens of thousands of grassroots activists to help us do the hard work of walking precincts, phoning voters and organizing at the grassroots levels.

We have work to do to deepen our relationships with the minority community, who are being challenged by President Obama and the NAACP to ignore the word of God and instead cast a political vote to redefine marriage.

And we have work to do with the GOP to remind them that marriage is a winning issue and that it is a mistake for republican candidates to be quiet on their support for maintaining natural marriage.

But most of all, it's clear that we need to develop new channels of financial support. As hard as we worked and as much as we produced, it wasn't enough. We simply cannot spot our opponents a $20 million funding advantage—especially in very liberal states—and expect to pull off a miracle (although we nearly did).

As Paul spoke to me the other day, I want to thank each and every one of you who stands up for God’s truth about marriage:

But, even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you.

In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.

Those of you who are not Christians, thank you most warmly for standing up on marriage! I treasure your fellowship and your courage.

While pouring over accounts of the national election results I came, via National Review's The Corner, this striking insight from Joel Kotkin:

[President Obama] held his own in the cash race by assembling a new, competing coalition of wealthy backers, from the 'new hierarchies of technical elites' that Daniel Bell predicted in 1976 in The Coming Of Post-Industrial Society. For that group, Bell wrote, nature and human nature ceased to be central, as 'fewer now handle artifacts or things' so that 'reality is primarily the social world'—which, he warned, 'gives rise to a new Utopianism' that mistakenly treats human nature as something that can be engineered and corrected by instruction from their enlightened betters.

To them, reality is some sort of construct, but of course human nature is real. Cultural constructs by technocratic elites, like same-sex marriage, take enormous amount of energy to sustain, to defend, because they are not rooted in what is Real.

We are born male and female and called to come together in love to make and raise the next generation. That's not a construct, that's Reality.

While I am disappointed today, I am not defeated. We are fighting a true and just cause—and a popular one to boot with voters across America. We've suffered a setback, to be sure, but we will rebound stronger, smarter and more successful than ever before.

By The Numbers: Marriage Outperformed Romney in All 4 States

We've mentioned before that marriage fared better than the top of the GOP ticket in all four states that put the question to the people, here are the most recent figures:

Marriage vote:              Presidential race:

Maine 47.4%                 Romney 40.9%
Maryland 48.1%            Romney 36.6%
Minnesota 48.1%          Romney 45.2%
Washington 48.0%        Romney 42.3%

In other words, marriage outperformed the GOP ticket by:
6.5% in Maine
11.5% in Maryland
2.9% in Minnesota
5.7% in Washington

Marriage unites us more than party!

Despite First Ballot Wins, Gay Marriage Backers Still Wary of The People

The Wall Street Journal points out that despite their huge spending advantage and wins in deep-blue states, gay marriage backers are still opting to pursue their agenda through the courts and legislatures:

After notching their first wins using state ballots, gay-marriage advocates said their long-term national strategy will rely more on legislatures and federal courts than expensive state-by-state popular votes.

...But many gay-rights leaders said their strategy going forward—built on lessons from the African-American civil-rights movement—doesn't bank on taking their cause directly to voters in many more states.

"Rights should not be put to a vote," said Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry, a national gay-rights group that supported Tuesday's initiatives. "While we have now shown we can do it, it doesn't mean that we should have to do it, and it doesn't mean that it is easy to do." He said "very few" states are likely appropriate battlegrounds for future ballot fights, given the expense and organization required.

Opponents of same-sex marriage said Tuesday's results proved only that gay-marriage advocates could persuade voters in a few liberal states. "What they did not accomplish is changing the opinions of Americans," said Frank Schubert, political director for the National Organization for Marriage.

"I don't know exactly what they are going to do, but I expect there will be a lot of pressure on them by in-state activists" to take up new ballot battles, he said.

Gay-marriage proponents face a difficult landscape. Over the last 15 years, some 30 states passed amendments to their constitutions that define marriage as between a man and a woman, making it impossible in most cases for state courts or legislatures to legalize gay marriage. Changing those laws would require new ballot initiatives in each state or action by the federal government or courts.

Recent efforts by gay-rights groups have focused on winning support for gay marriage from legislatures in states such as New York, which didn't have a constitutional ban. Voters in Maryland and Washington on Tuesday voted whether to support decisions made by their legislatures to legalize gay marriage. Similar legislative battles could happen next year in states including Rhode Island and Delaware.

New Head of World's 77 Million Anglicans a Strong Proponent of Marriage

The UK Telegraph:

New Archbishop of Canterbury: Justin Welby, the meteoric rise of an 'astonished' former oil trader.

Rising to speak in the House of Lords for the first time less than six months ago Justin Welby admitted he was "astonished" to be there at all.

But if his enthronement as Bishop of Durham, the fourth most senior role in the Church of England, took him by surprise it would prove to be just one step in a rapid rise.

The choice of the 56-year-old to lead the world's 77 million Anglicans marks a decisive break with the past for the Church.

While his predecessors have drawn on long careers as academics or clerics, his experience is of the world of mammon as much as God.

A former oil executive he gave up a highly paid career after feeling a “call” to the priesthood in the late 1980s.

“Something in me just said ‘this is what you should be doing’,” he recently explained.

...Theologically, he is unashamedly part of the evangelical strand of the Church, upholding a more traditional and conservative interpretation of the Bible than some.

But while he has, for example, publicly criticised the Coalition’s plans for gay marriage, he is not without support among liberals, some of whom believe he will prove a pragmatic and flexible Archbishop.

National Post-Election Survey Reveals Widespread Support for Defining Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

Survey conducted on Election Day Confirms September Poll Showing Widespread Support for Man/Woman Marriage

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today released the results of a nationwide survey of voters conducted on Election Day that shows 60% of Americans who voted in the election favor marriage being the union of one man and one woman. The survey, conducted by respected pollster Kellyanne Conway's firm 'the polling company, inc.' is consistent with a national survey they conducted this past September showing 57% of Americans then believed marriage should only be the union of one man and one woman.

"The outcome of the marriage votes in four very liberal states has caused some to speculate as to whether the American people have changed their views on marriage. This scientific poll shows that the answer to that is, 'no' they have not changed," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "This survey shows that 60% of voters believe marriage is one man and one woman, which is consistent with the 57% result 'the polling company' found in September."

The issue of marriage was on the ballot in four deep-blue states this past Tuesday. By narrow margins, same-sex marriage was approved in Maine, Maryland and Washington, while Minnesota voters defeated an effort to put one man/one woman marriage in their state constitution. Despite narrowly losing, the pro-marriage position out-performed the Republican ticket by an average of 6.6 points in these states.

"Had marriage been put to a national vote, the evidence suggests that our side would have captured 55% of the popular vote this past Tuesday," Brown said. "The GOP ticket captured 48.4% of the popular vote nationwide. Marriage outperformed the GOP ticket by an average of 6.6 points. The facts show that it is wrong to contend that preserving marriage as the union of a man and a woman is anything but a winning issue in America."

About the Post-Election Survey:
Conducted by the polling company, inc., the survey interviewed 800 randomly selected people who actually voted. Of these, 73% voted at the polls on Election Day, 18% had already voted by mail or absentee ballot, and 9% had already voted at the polls prior to Election Day. The survey has a margin of error of +/-3.5%.

Question asked: Do you (ROTATED) agree or disagree that "marriage is between one man and one woman"? (PROBED: And would STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT agree/disagree?)


About the September Survey:
In September, 2012, the polling company, inc. conducted a national survey for NOM. The survey of 1,000 randomly selected voters was in the field from September 10-16, 2012 and had a margin of error of +/-3.1%.

Question asked: Do you (ROTATED) support or oppose defining marriage ONLY as a union between one man and one woman? (PROBED: And would that be STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT support/oppose?)



To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected] , or Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected] , at 703-683-5004.

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LSN: Exit Polling Data Suggest Breakdown of the Family Favors the Rise of Liberal Politics


As the dust settles around last night’s election, the conventional wisdom is that Obama claimed the nation’s female vote. Some analysts, however, are pointing out that marital status appears to have been a more significant factor in the voting booth than gender.

According to polling data released by MSNBC, Obama carried the majority of the female vote over-all, at 55%. However, of the married women polled, 53% voted for Romney and 46% for Obama. In contrast, unmarried women favored Obama over Romney by a huge margin of 67% to 31%.

According to Brad Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, the data suggests that the President’s message resonates specifically with those women living the consequences of family breakdown.

“Single mothers are more likely to depend on a generous welfare state and therefore to identify with the expansive governmental vision of the Democratic Party,” Wilcox told LifeSiteNews. “By contrast, married mothers are less likely to depend on the welfare state and therefore to identify with the limited government philosophy of the Republican Party.”

He added: “Married women are more likely to have a pro-life worldview, and unmarried women are more likely to have a pro-choice worldview.”

Wilcox’s analysis is consistent with a candid strategy memo released by the liberal-leaning Greenberg Quinlan Rosser research firm just before the 2008 election that landed Obama the Presidency.

“Unmarried women represent one of the most reliable Democratic cohorts in the electorate,” the memo read.

Brian Brown to SCOTUS: Keep Your Hands Off Marriage!

Our President Brian Brown is quoted in the New York Times:

" is not clear which side benefited more from those developments [the four marriage referendums] at the Supreme Court.

Supporters of traditional marriage, even as they registered disappointment, said the results showed that the question could be resolved democratically.

“It bolsters our case,” said Brian S. Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage. “It’s very difficult to say you need a federal resolution of this question if states are resolving it for themselves.”

Adam Umhoefer, the executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behind a California case seeking to establish a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, expressed mixed feelings about the developments. They were, he said, the right outcomes in the wrong forums.

“Fundamental constitutional rights like marriage,” he said, “should never be subjected to a popular vote.”

Gay Marriage Backers in Minnesota Plan Legislative Push

Like clockwork:

Energized by a decisive win, marriage amendment opponents are already huddling to plot their next step, including a possible push to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

... Marriage amendment opponents stopped Minnesota from becoming the 31st consecutive state to use a ballot initiative to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. With 47 percent of the vote, the measure fell well short of the majority needed to pass.

Minnesotans United did it by raising unprecedented sums of money, building a massive network of supporters and sparking thousands of one-on-one conversations about not limiting marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Some would like to see the giant campaign architecture morph into a movement to wipe out the state law banning same-sex marriage.

State Sen. John Marty, who has unsuccessfully pushed marriage equality at the Capitol, said he is encouraged by the new DFL control of the Legislature and plans to swiftly introduce a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. -- Minnesota StarTribune

NEW: The Best Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Our opponents will use the election results to push the idea that the radical redefinition of marriage is “inevitable.” Now more than ever, we have to fight back hard with prayers—and with strong arguments.

That's why I think it's Providential that we're just weeks away from the release of the strongest pro-marriage argument ever written, praised by the likes of Rick Warren and Cardinal Dolan!

What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, written by NOM co-founder and Princeton professor Robert P. George along with Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson, is the best short, accessible argument for marriage as a union of man and woman. Their 2010 article on marriage was an instant international success, cited worldwide as the toughest, most eloquent pro-marriage argument out there. They've expanded and enhanced it for this book, further developing key arguments and responding to critics.

The book offers a devastating critique of all the pro-gay marriage arguments, which no one has been able to answer. Use it to challenge friends and coworkers who think "history is on their side."

Finally, it demolishes the usual objections to our cause—points about infertility, interracial marriage, equality, freedom, same-sex couples' practical needs, separation of Church and state, and much more.

And it's very affordable—just $9.92 on Amazon! Buy it now, "like" its Facebook page, and invite your friends and family to do the same.

See below the high praise it's already gotten!

What people are saying about Marriage and the Public Good

"This book brilliantly explains why the definition of marriage is so critical and why the strengthening of marriages is absolutely essential to our freedom and our future."
Dr. Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Life and Pastor of Saddleback Church

"What Is Marriage? There is the question. Thanks to these three eloquent authors for so cogently reminding us of that, and for showing us how reflective reason answers it."
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

"What Is Marriage? is the most insightful, eloquent, and influential defense of marriage as it has been historically and rightly understood. People of all traditions—and everyone who cares about the future of this central and sacred social institution—owe Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George an extraordinary debt."
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Yeshiva University

"With many countries on the verge of redefining a basic social institution, What Is Marriage? issues an urgent call for full deliberation of what is at stake. The authors make a compelling secular case for marriage as a partnership between a man and a woman, whose special status is based on society's interest in the nurture and education of children."
Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law School

"What a joy to see this book by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George, which presents the most philosophically astute and historically accurate defense of traditional marriage to date. It exposes the incoherence of attempts to radically redefine marriage by showing the inherent wisdom in what is our oldest social institution."
Rabbi David Novak, University of Toronto

UPI: "Support for Gay Marriage Falls in France"


Support for same-sex marriages in France has fallen by 5 percent to 58 percent in the last year, a poll published in Paris indicated.

The results were published in Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France Saturday, in the run-up to Wednesday's Cabinet vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriages, Radio France International reported.

Meanwhile, French faith leaders are activating and seeing results:

"...However, only months later [French PM] Hollande and his allies are on the defensive against a surprisingly broad groundswell of opposition to his plans, led by André Vingt-Trois, the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris.

Vingt-Trois, as well as Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim leaders, have vociferously expressed their opposition to the proposed measure, and have been joined by conservative politicians and pro-life activists, who staged an attention-grabbing protest on October 23. Larger protests are scheduled for the 17th and 18th of this month.

The result has been a dramatic shift in public opinion, which polls had consistently shown to favor homosexual “marriage” and adoption.  According to a recent poll by IFOP commissioned by Le Figaro magazine, opposition to homosexual adoption has increased by ten percentage points in just one month, resulting in a majority of 52% opposed.  In apparent response to the outcry, the socialists have delayed a debate on the bill until next year." -- LifeSiteNews

The AP adds comment:

A plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt was a liberal cornerstone of Francois Hollande's election manifesto earlier this year. It looked like a shoo-in for the French President, supported by a majority of the country, and an easy way to break with his conservative predecessor. But that was then.

Now, as the Socialist government prepares to unveil its draft "marriage for everyone" law Wednesday, polls show wavering support for the idea and for the president himself amid increasingly vocal opposition in this majority Catholic country.

And it's not just religious and rural leaders speaking out; top figures within Hollande's own party also are at loggerheads over the plan. The Socialists are now dragging their feet, releasing the bill later than planned and delaying parliamentary debate on it until January.

The political hot potato has exposed divisions between urban France, where homosexuality is widely accepted, and the rural heartland, where conservative attitudes hold sway.

And PinkNews adds more details:

"...Polls show a majority of French voters support marriage equality, but it has divided the country’s left and right, with lawmakers from the conservative UMP denouncing the measure.

“It’s the end of the family, the end of children’s development, the end of education. It’s an enormous danger to the nation,” UMP Senator Serge Dassault said on the radio show France Culture on Wednesday."