| October 26, 2005
Deception in Fighting Marriage Amendment
Signs have popped up across Texas - "Families Matter. Vote
Against Proposition 2."
What is Proposition 2?
It's a constitutional amendment to protect marriage: "Marriage
in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one
woman. This state or a political subdivision of this state may
not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to
Therefore, why do the signs say that "Families Matter. Vote
Against Proposition 2?"
The gay lobby is cleverly deceiving Texans about the amendment,
hoping to trick
unsuspecting, naive voters to protect families by voting against
the ban on gay marriage.
On Monday millions of Texans picked up their phones and heard
this taped message:
"Hello, I'm Rev. Tom Heger. (Gov.) Rick Perry and the
Legislature made a blunder in writing the gay marriage
amendment. Don't risk it. Vote against it. They left off words
so that it would have applied only to gay marriage. A greedy
insurance company, tricky divorce lawyer, or a liberal Austin
activist judge can easily use these words to overturn
traditional marriage and cause people to lose health insurance,
tax breaks and pensions.
"The status quo protects everyone's marriage. Don't risk it.
Vote against it. God bless you. Read it for yourself:
Many Texans, who can vote early on the constitutional amendment,
have dutifully gone to the polls and voted against a measure
they fear could be used by tricky lawyers to "overturn marriage
and cause people to lose health insurance, tax breaks and
The ad alarms Kelly Shackelford, President of the Free Market
Foundation, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, who helped
draft the amendment's language and fought for its passage.
He says the ad is a "blatant fraud. It is a clear attempt by
homosexuals who hide who they are, who pretend they are for
marriage, who deceive people that they are religious, that it is
a Christian group calling them. It is a blatant and open attempt
"The sad thing is it is working. People are being tricked into
voting the wrong way."
Consider the name of the organization sponsoring the robo-called
messages: "Save Texas Marriage." The ad ends with "God bless
you," making it sound Christian.
On Tuesday, people opened newspapers to see a picture of Percy
and Dorothy Casey, who have been married since 1942, holding a
sign which shouted "63 YEARS OF MARRIAGE AT RISK. They were part
of a press conference of those opposing the amendment. Army
Captain Trampes Crow, a decorated 31 year-old veteran and a
married graduate student said he fears that the amendment could
be used to nullify existing Texas marriages.
Why? The Amendment's second sentence states, "This state or a
political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize
any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
Not recognizing anything "identical" to marriage could mean not
argues Glen Maxey, a former state representative and gay
activist behind the cleverly deceptive
"You'd have to go through a lobotomy" to reach that conclusion,
says Shackelford. "This is an all-out fraud to deceive voters.
It is really disgusting."
The purpose of the second sentence of the amendment is to
prohibit "civil unions" that have been passed in Vermont which
confer all of the advantages of marriage to gays other than the
The voter turnout for constitutional amendments, when no major
political race is at stake, tends to be very low - only 7
percent the last time.
This is of profound concern to Shackelford. "They have raised
homosexuals around the country. This is the only state this year
with a marriage amendment being voted on while there were 11
states last year. The media is with them. We are trying to wake
our people up. If the church shows up, we win."
The "Austin American Statesman" editorialized that over five
years, 635,000 Texas
divorces were filed "to end a marriage between a man and a
woman. But Texans are being told that... they can defend the
institution of marriage" - not by reducing divorces but by
voting against same sex marriage. "A ban on gay marriage would
do nothing - nothing at all - to protect traditional marriage."
That's not true. Legalizing gay marriage does erode real
marriage. Scandinavian countries legalized gay marriage a decade
ago and now a majority of children in Sweden and Norway are born
However, not one state that has banned gay marriage has done
anything to reduce divorce, such as reform no-fault divorce
laws. On that issue, the gays make a valid point.
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