Counterfeit Marriage Rejected in Maine
By: Matt Barber
Lynchburg, VA â€“ Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action, issued the following statement on news that the voters of Maine have rejected counterfeit â€œsame-sex marriageâ€ by 53% – 47%:
â€œThereâ€™s good news and bad news here,â€ said Barber. â€œThe good news is that even in one of the most liberal States in the Union, Maine, the people have once again rejected the ridiculous and oxymoronic notion of â€˜same sex marriage.â€™ The momentum has again shifted â€“ hopefully for good this time â€“ in favor of protecting legitimate marriage. A counterfeit is a counterfeit. An orange is an orange no matter how much you want it to be a turnip. This isnâ€™t about â€˜marriage.â€™ Itâ€™s about hurting and broken people desperately seeking affirmation of an objectively deviant lifestyle. One that, even in their heart of hearts, they know to be a dead end. As for the militant â€˜No on 1â€™ homosexual activists? Iâ€™m reminded of spoiled children dressing up and playing house, refusing to come in when mom calls for dinner.
â€œHereâ€™s the bad news. The margin of victory could have been greater. Many behind the â€˜Yes on 1â€™ campaign, rather than simply telling the truth, chose the Neville Chamberlain approach. They merely circled the wagons around the word â€˜marriage,â€™ even suggesting that â€˜domestic partnershipsâ€™ (â€˜gay marriagesâ€™ by another name) are acceptable. This makes no sense. If thatâ€™s a viable compromise, then why not simply allow ‘gay’ duos the word â€˜marriageâ€™? Itâ€™s an incongruity that demands an explanation. This is an historic battle for the minds and souls of our children â€“ for our very culture. The mealy-mouthed approach must end. This is not just about â€˜marriage.â€™ It has everything to do with forced affirmation of homosexuality â€“ under penalty of law. Indeed everyone who fought hard to defend marriage in Maine is to be congratulated, but if it werenâ€™t for a brave group of truth tellers â€“ Paul Madore, Peter LaBarbera and Brian Camenker â€“ who came to Maine in the final hour to hold a press conference and address the pink elephant in the room â€“ homosexual deviancy and the radical â€˜gayâ€™ agenda â€“ counterfeit marriage might have prevailed.â€
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)