The Truth about the Same Sex Marriage Vote

The Truth about the Same Sex Marriage Vote

Diane Robertson

On Tuesday, May 8th, North Carolinian voters came out in record numbers to a primary election in order to vote on the issue of gay marriage. Sixty one percent of the voters voted in favor of a state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and prevent law makers or judges from making it legal in the future.

The North Carolina amendment declares that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

This is not a new thing. North Carolina would be the 30th state to vote in a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and 12 other states prohibit same-sex marriage via statute.

There is an interesting phenomenon occurring with the same sex marriage question in the United States. All of the states where a same-sex marriage ban came up as a ballot measure, the people voted to make same-sex marriage illegal. In all of the states where gay marriage is legal, the people did not vote. In states where gay marriage has been made legal, it was either done through the courts or by a law passed through the state’s legislature.

In Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa gay marriage was legalized through the courts. In Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington State, and Maryland gay marriage was legalized by passing a law through the state legislature.

A few states have some interesting history concerning gay marriage laws that supports what has occurred throughout the nation in other states– when the people are asked, the people vote for traditional marriage.

In California, after two laws to legalize gay marriage were vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger, the California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on May 15, 2008. On November 5, 2008 the people of California voted in Proposition 8 making gay marriage illegal.

In Maine, on May 6, 2009, Governor Baldacci signed a marriage equality bill. On September 11, 2009 the marriage equality law was to take effect, but was halted by a referendum on the upcoming November ballot.  On November 3, 2009 same sex marriage was repealed by the voters with 53% in favor.

In Iowa on April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage. In the November 2010 election, the very next judicial retention election, three of the judges were voted out by the people. The rejected Iowa justices — Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus, Michael J. Streit and David L. Baker — each got only about 45 percent of the vote (a highly unusual vote tally for a sitting judge). While the people in Iowa did not get to decide on their law, they clearly made their voices heard.

The truth about the gay marriage vote is that the majority of Americans will vote to support traditional marriage and even overturn laws their judges and legislatures have made.

  • Jim C
    Posted at 07:56h, 11 May

    In the nation of Canada it was also the judges who forced the legislature to pass laws regarding same-sex marriage because those who advocate such perversity have come to realize the people will always reject it. One wonders how long before ordinary people organize to force the legal system to bow to the will of the people?

  • Dave W Reesor
    Posted at 17:45h, 11 May

    Same sex marriage need not be approached as a religious or moral issue. I have stood up for gay people for over 50 years, but the simple fact is that we evolved, or were created, or were created by evolution, to mate heterosexually. Homosexuality is a disorder.

    Thankfully, we no longer persecute gays, but instead we condescend to them when we go along with the fiction promulgated by the radical minority that homosexuality is normal. It is not. We also preclude any possibility of serious research that might lead to an in vitro procedure that would change the orientation, or some other remediation for those that want it.

    We have a problem in western society in that the discussion of controversial topics is squelched. When someone tells me; “the debate is over”, my BS meter goes off. What they are really saying is “I don’t have an argument, and I know it”.

  • Bruce
    Posted at 06:19h, 18 May

    Homosexuality is and always has been wrong in our society. As has been said ,it is a disorder / We were not created to marry others of the same gender.I do not agree with being hard on gay people nor beating them up etc, it is wrong. But, | do not agree with same sex marriage either. aside from the word of God it is wrong nature wise .I feel for the people of that culture and pray for them ,and choose to love them with the love of Jesus Christ ,not harass them. Thank you .

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