Pro-family Leader Targeted
It is not uncommon for anyone who holds a firm belief to experience condemnation in today's morally relevant culture. If you hold a view that is politically incorrect, conservative or faith-based you can pretty-much guarantee a hostile reaction.
Such is the case for my friend Eric Miller, head of Indiana's largest pro-family organization, Advance America. Radical gay-rights activists are outraged that Indiana has taken the first step toward allowing the people to vote on a Constitutional Amendment to preserve marriage to what it is - the bringing together of only one male and one female.
A group calling itself the Indiana Action Network is passing out flyers (1 2)in Indianapolis shopping center parking lots attacking Miller and what they call the "ultra-conservative" Indiana General Assembly.
The language of the flyer is, curious, but not as bizzare as its timing. Last week Kansas became the 18th state to amend its constitution to define marriage and to prevent the creation of counterfeit marriages like "civil unions" which are being used as legal wedges in courts in efforts to overturn state laws.
Kansas voters overwhelmingly approved their marriage amendment with a 70 percent statewide approval. (The final 40-point margin of victory was higher than polls were predicting.) A new poll from CNN/USA Today/Gallup has found that support for marriage preservation is growing nationally with 68% opposition to same-sex marriage.
If Indiana voters are allowed to vote on this issue in 2008, some experts predict that by then, up to 30 states will have passed marriage amendments.
Take heart Eric . . . you're well within the majority on this issue.
Now, although I'm excited to see that our work is not going unnoticed, his recap of the Kansas amendment is fairly accurate. We have got to get our community to work together instead of ripping each other apart in a shameful pissing match to see which group should receive 59.345% recognition because they did X, Y, and Z at the ABC action/protest/rally. How many more defeats do GLBTs need to see before they realize that the religious political extremists are bending us over a barrel and fisting us...without using lube?