Marriage still 1 man, 1 woman, regardless of law

Friday, November 9, 2012
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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.

Backholm, Joseph (FPIW)Spokesman Joseph Backholm tells OneNewsNow that even though Washington is a bastion of liberal thinking, natural marriage proponents came within four percentage points of winning.

"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 difference."

Backholm asserts that "regardless of what people want reality to be, marriage is always going to be a relationship between a man and a woman."

"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 offers.

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."

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