A decisive Victory for Marriage in New York State!

New York State Senate Rejects Same-sex Marriage Bill

Decisive vote reflects popular opinion

Proponents of so-called “same-sex marriage” have learned to avoid a vote by the people.

Can’t blame them.

In none of the five states (yes, only five) in which “same-sex marriage” has been legalized has the decision been made by a vote of the people.

In three of those five – Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa – “same-sex marriage” was forced upon citizens by the state’s high court. In the other two – Vermont and New Hampshire – state legislatures enacted laws to legalize the counterfeit marriages.

And in Maine, where the state legislature enacted a law to legalize “same-sex marriage,” voters insisted on a referendum and repealed the law, thus becoming the 31st state (31 out of 31!) to reject same-sex marriage by popular vote.

So in New York State, special-rights advocates carefully avoided a popular vote and took their “same-sex marriage” proposal directly to the heavily Democratic, notably liberal legislature.

In their effort to secure a legislative victory, gay-rights organizations steered close to $1 million into New York legislative races.

They boasted a list of champions that included Gov. David Paterson and N.Y. City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg plus Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the Senate Democratic leadership.

Indeed, the proponents of “same-sex marriage” were confident that they would be able to side-step the will of the people and make New York the sixth state where same-sex couples could “wed.”

But legislators across the country – including New York – are becoming increasingly aware that a majority of voters are making where candidates stand on this issue, the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a key factor in their voting decisions.

And so yesterday, by a decisive vote of 38-24, the New York Senate rejected the same-sex marriage bill.

Praise God for this victory!

Rooted in His creation covenant with mankind, the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is foundational – to our faith, and to our society.

As we approach a critical election year, protecting that truth must remain a non-negotiable factor in our voting decisions.