Proponents of traditional marriage in Washington state have
conceded the election, and one proponent of the effort says people
of faith can expect persecution.
Balloting in Washington is done strictly by mail, and as of
Wednesday morning, 1.3 million ballots were still outstanding (see earlier story). But the Family Policy Institute
of Washington (FPIW) announced Thursday that the remaining
ballots were not sufficient to change the election outcome
regarding Referendum 74.
Spokesman Joseph Backholm tells OneNewsNow that even
though Washington is a bastion of liberal thinking, natural
marriage proponents came within four percentage points of
"It was a race where we were outspent by $10 million-plus
dollars," he details. "And when you're outspent by a factor of
five- or six-to-one in a race this close, that makes a huge
Backholm asserts that "regardless of what people want reality to
be, marriage is always going to be a relationship between a man and
"The struggle that we're going to be confronting now is how much
legal trouble is that proposition going to create for people who
share our conviction about this issue, and how challenging is it
going to be to engage in the public square," the FPIW spokesman
As an example, Christian-owned businesses in New Mexico,
Illinois and New York are facing penalties for declining to allow
their facilities or services to be used to celebrate homosexual
unions or "weddings." Backholm concludes that the reality now is
that people of faith "are going to suffer."
The campaign to amend the Minnesota constitution to protect
traditional marriage is going to be a close call. At the same time,
a recent poll shows that the race to overturn homosexual "marriage"
in Maryland is heating up.