Turnout key to defending marriage

Monday, November 5, 2012
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Four crucial votes are to be held tomorrow on homosexual "marriage" issues.

Peters, Thomas (NOM)Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington state are voting to protect marriage or to redefine it to be a genderless institution. As Thomas Peters of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) notes, the campaign is in the final hours.

"This is all about getting out the vote and turning out people," he contends. "There's been a lot of focus on polling in all these four states, but the line I keep using -- and it's the truth -- is that the polls don't matter. Hard work and who votes matter. Those are who win elections."

NOM believes one of the strongest encouragers in the campaign has been pastors taking a role.

"We don't give up our First Amendment rights just because we are Christian, and pastors don't give up those rights either," Peters asserts. "There was Pulpit Freedom Sunday a few weeks ago, where pastors talked about values, talked about the importance of voting your values from the pulpit."

Some pastors have continued to encourage their congregations in the weeks following October 7.

Peters submits there are three keys to gaining success in all four states Tuesday: "turnout, turnout, turnout."

Darrell, Chuck (Minnesota for Marriage)

Billy Graham addresses Minn. effort

Chuck Darrell of Minnesota for Marriage says the effort to amend his state's constitution to declare marriage as between one man and one woman has received a major endorsement from evangelist Billy Graham.

"We're very grateful to have an endorsement from somebody like Rev. Graham, who's not only an authority on Scripture, but he also had his roots here in Minneapolis for a long time when he got his ministry started," Darrell notes. "So it speaks in particular to Minnesotans."

In addition to welcoming Dr. Graham's endorsement, more than 500 faith leaders in The North Star State have signed on to a statement in favor of Amendment 1, the marriage amendment, based on what they term "obedience to God's Word."

"They represent a whole bunch of different denominations, from the Assembly of God, various Lutheran, non-denominational, Baptist, minority, Presbyterian, Catholic and others," the traditional marriage proponent lists.

One of the supporting pastors points out that as the author and architect of marriage, God has spoken clearly that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Darrell concludes that the campaign now needs voters to turn out at the polls and recognize marriage as solely between one man and one woman with a "yes" vote on Amendment 1.

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