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