Despite big bucks by major corporations being poured into the
campaign for same-sex "marriage" in Washington State, polls
continue to show that the gap for support for Democrat-backed
Referendum 74 is dwindling ─ fast.
For the first time, support for Referendum 74 has dropped below
50 percent, according to the latest statewide Elway Poll.
"We have gained 10 points since last month's poll and are within
four points and closing in; the other side is under 50 percent for
the first time," said Cedar Park Assembly of God senior pastor Rev.
Joe Fuiten on his Facebook page. Pro-marriage advocates now trail
49 to 45 percent.
Fuiten's church, which recently donated $5,000 to the "No on
Ref. 74" campaign, is one of the backers of a movement designed to
preserve marriage's definition as the legal union between one man
and one woman. So far, the pro-family campaign has received $2.1
million to fight same-sex marriage.
Contributing to the effort, St. Monica's Catholic Church on
Mercer Island just gave $5,000, and this is indicative of Catholic
support statewide, where bishops are working to lead Washington's
800,000 Catholics to do all they can to make sure Ref. 74 does not
win come November 6.
"Redefining marriage is a step backward in the progress we have
made in protecting children," Spokane bishop Blase Cupich stated.
"It is important to state that the Catholic Church's stance on
Referendum 74 is not 'against' anything and especially not
'against' anyone. To the contrary, it is our stance 'for' the gift
of marriage, 'for' God's plan for human society, 'for' husbands and
wives, 'for' children. To suddenly change the God-given and
time-honored understanding of marriage would be a very harmful
thing for our state and for the world."
The Catholic Church has been at the heart of the charge to
protect marriage. After the Washington House of Representatives
voted 55-43 on February 9 to pass a bill for same-sex "marriage,"
pro-family advocates collected 200,000 signatures and filed a
referendum with Washington's Secretary of State June 6 to overturn
the law and put it on the ballot for voters to decide. Last month,
Catholic bishops issued a pastoral statement about their concerted
effort to upturn Referendum 74 (read the wording of the referendum).
"The legal separation of marriage from procreation would have a
chilling effect on religious liberty and the right of conscience,"
reads the statement issued at the Washington State Catholic
Conference. "Once marriage is redefined as a genderless contract,
it will become legally discriminatory for public and private
institutions such as schools to promote the unique value of
children being raised by their biological mothers and fathers. No
institution or individual could propose that married mothers and
fathers provide a singular benefit to children without being
accused of discrimination. Recent attacks on churches, businesses
and nonprofit organizations that express their conscientious
objection to the redefinition of marriage underscore the
Big business fueling homosexual agenda
But the big business climate in the Pacific Northwest is
predominantly geared to fuel the homosexual agenda. Ramping up for
the election, homosexual activists and corporate advocates have
done all they can to garner and contribute financial support in the
name of "marriage equality."
Some major corporate endorsers pushing Washington State to be
the seventh state to allow same-sex marriage include: Microsoft,
Google, Starbucks, Amazon, Nordstrom, Costco, REI, Nike, Alcoa,
Vulcan, and Expedia, with the latter being one of the latest major
big businesses to join the charge.
"As the world's largest on-line travel company ... we know
firsthand that the world is a diverse place," said Expedia CEO Dara
Khosrowshahi in her company's endorsement statement. "We strive to
actively promote equality in our workplaces .... Today, we add our
voice to the topic of marriage equality."
Just what kind of money are we talking about? Referendum 74 has
a $9.5 million campaign fund. Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos and his
wife donated $2.5 million of this total. And more than $5 million
has already been funneled to TV ads promoting the redefinition of
The ground force? Numerous ethnic, religious and civil rights
organizations, as well as state unions have joined the effort to
redefine marriage, mobilizing more than 4,000 volunteers.
In a surprise to many, major Protestant and Jewish denominations
have jumped on board to support same-sex marriage, and the
organization Catholics for Marriage Equality joined activists to
march in June's Seattle [Gay] Pride Parade, an annual event
sponsored by local businesses such as Verizon, YMCA, Microsoft,
Amazon, Expedia, Starbucks, Hard Rock Café, Wells Fargo, Alaska
Airlines and the Seattle Storm WBNA professional basketball
In addition, practicing Catholic Gov. Chris Gregoire drove the
Washington Legislature to embrace "marriage equality," which has
the self-proclaimed devout Catholic State Sen. Ed Murray
(D-Seattle) as its chief sponsor.
Pro-family groups not intimidated
With the enormous support and funding in a predominantly "Blue"
state, is same-sex marriage well on its way to victory, despite
recent gains by the No on Referendum 74 campaign?
Despite the fact that the pro-Ref. 74 campaign has much greater
resources, the attitude from the pro-family camp is anything but
"We do not need to match the other side dollar-for-dollar to get
our message out," says Preserve Marriage Washington communications
director Chip White, who contends that voter support for same-sex
marriage has historically been overrepresented in polls taken
before elections. Of the $1.8 million his organization has
collected to date in contributions, $725,000 was given by the
National Organization for Marriage, its largest donor out of the
nation's capital, which stands alongside numerous Protestant
churches and Catholic leaders as a strong supporter.
With the Public Disclosure Commission reporting Wednesday that
Referendum 74 opposition has spent less than $1.5 million ─ just a
fraction of its opponents' spending ─ a trend of increased backing
for traditional marriage is reported to have begun with a recent
television campaign. The ad argues that a Referendum 74 win will
result in the promotion of same-sex marriage in the schools, with
one TV ad highlighting a young girl telling her mother upon
returning home from school, "I learned how a prince married a price
and I can marry a princess!"
In addition to this anticipated effect ─ should Referendum 74
pass ─ White is confident that businesses will be penalized and
possibly shut down for following their conscience and denying
services for same-sex marriages. Over the years, lawsuits in New
Jersey and New Mexico ─ neither of which recognize such unions ─
have penalized business owners for cordially refusing these
services to couples practicing homosexual behavior. The former was
a religious organization that rented out its facilities for wedding
ceremonies; and the latter lawsuit saw a wedding photographer being
sued for declining to photograph a same-sex couple's commitment
But is the commercial targeting parents of schoolchildren ─ as
well as the lawsuits against business that are not "gay"-friendly ─
exceptional? Marriage equality supporters acknowledge that the
anti-Referendum 74 ad was produced to emulate a Lexington,
Massachusetts, school that uses a book in its public school
classrooms to promote same-sex marriage. The Bay State, which was
the first of six to allow same-gender marriages, is said by
marriage-equality advocates to already have set in place
anti-discrimination laws that make it illegal for businesses to
deny their services to customers because of their unnatural sexual
For years, pro-family advocates have attempted to relay the
message that keeping marriage between a man and a woman is all
about protecting the best interests of children, whose ideal living
environment is with their biological parents. They contend that the
issue should not revolve around adults' emotional bonds.
Preserve Marriage chairman Joseph Backholm stated on a recent
KING TV debate that if Washington voters pass Referendum 74,
marriage will become "entirely about the emotional connection that
adults have and not at all about how this affects children and the
environment they are raised in."
And Catholic bishops have made a concerted effort to spur
congregants to protect marriage from succumbing to Referendum 74.
Yakima bishop Joseph J. Tyson recently sent an announcement to
pastors at 41 parishes in his Central Washington diocese that they
would soon be receiving contribution envelopes in hopes of
collecting added financial support for the No on Referendum 74
campaign. A letter recently circulated by Catholic bishops
emphasizes that procreation is the purpose of marriage.
"Marriage is founded on sexual difference and ordered toward the
fulfillment of husband and wife and the procreation and rearing of
children," the bishops expressed in their letter. "This basic
understanding of marriage and family is 'built in' to the very
nature of man and woman. By separating marriage from procreation
and the responsibility of men and women to raise children that
result from their sexual union, the new marriage law would abandon
the state's principal interest in this time-honored
The bishops proclaim that it is the state's duty to only enforce
policies and laws that protect and nurture healthy and stable
families ─ not laws that propagate living situations proving to be
detrimental to children's wellbeing and to their emotional
"If the state successfully disconnects marriage from the
potential inherent to sexual union between a man and a woman, the
civil meaning of marriage will be lost, and the institution that
results will be a genderless contract without reference to
children," the letter concludes. "The foundational nature of
marriage for the good and the strength of human society will be
harmed beyond repair."