Lost in the media's celebration of "hope for change," one moral principle in America remained unchanged last night — the definition of marriage.Three more states — Arizona, Florida and California (yes, California!) — approved ballot measures that protect God's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In Florida, despite the victory of Barack Obama who supports repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, more than 60 percent of voters supported the amendment. In California, the voters not only spoke out in defence of marriage, they sent a message about judicial activism — it was a California Supreme Court decision overturning the state's marriage statute that necessitated the amendment campaign. (In fact, there is talk of the possibility of this new Marriage Amendment nullifying the so-called homosexual "marriages" that have taken place the last several months while it was legal.) Another fact: pro-marriage citizens contributed more money than the anti-amendment forces. Yesterday's three-for-three performance means every state that has voted on defending marriage has passed a Marriage Amendment. (An Arizona Marriage Amendment lost in 2006, but the pro-marriage campaign re-grouped and won yesterday.) While 30 or so states have Marriage Amendments now, the only states recognizing homosexual "marriages" are those whose state courts have resorted to extra-judicial powers to impose it on unsuspecting citizens.
In another ballot measure, Arkansas voters approved a measure that protects children from being adopted into same-sex homes, guaranteeing that they will be provided both a mother and a father. Clearly, Americans are not ready for some of the "change" that the media and others want to promote.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be subjected to a daily dose of analysis by partisans and pundits about what the results of yesterday's elections means. So, we're not going to subject you to more of that today.
We only know this — regardless of the political party in power, regardless of the media spin, regardless of anything — The Family Foundation of Virginia is going to keep moving forward. We are going to continue to fight for traditional values, because the values we share — the sanctity of all human life, the sanctity of marriage and family, the ability to worship freely, and the freedom to raise and provide for our families — are the only true hope for our nation, because they are grounded in the truth. We do so because there is only one being in the universe in which we can truly place our hope — God. There is only one Messiah, and He wasn't on the ballot yesterday.
As The Family Foundation, we commit to you today to continue working as hard as we can for your values. We cannot allow one election to discourage us. We must learn from what has happened, seek new strategies and apply new ideas — but we must not back away from our principles. That is one change we simply cannot afford.