As we shared with you following the election last week, and as you’ve probably heard ad nauseum from the media since then, despite our best efforts, a majority of Minnesota voters rejected the proposal to secure the definition of marriage in our state constitution.
Over the last week we have had time to discuss the election and the defeat of the amendment. We’ve asked ourselves “Why?” and “What next?” I’m sure those two questions have crossed your mind too.
First let me say that we ran a strong campaign that came up just short. And even though most people were and still are in favor of marriage as between one man and one woman, it seems that many did not believe that protection belonged in the Constitution. In fact, the Marriage Protection Amendment won in 75 out of 87 counties across the state, many with over 70% voting Yes.
After looking at the results here and in other states, it is clear that we were swimming against a powerful tide that swept the entire nation. Our opponents raised vastly more resources from gay marriage activists across the country who were determined to make this the year their unbroken losing streak would end. They enjoyed the support of the elite in politics, the media and entertainment. And, perhaps worst of all was that many evangelicals, including some prominent pastors and faith leaders, either refused to support the amendment or just remained silent.
Obviously we are very disappointed in the outcome, but we have no regrets in making the effort. Marriage as the union of one man and one woman has served Minnesota well. As our opponents frequently pointed out, marriage remains the union of a man and a woman even after last week’s vote.
But, as we warned throughout the campaign, they want to change that.
With liberals taking control of the Minnesota House and Senate along with their ally Governor Dayton, same-sex marriage advocates are already pressing hard to legalize gay marriage in our state Legislature, just as we warned would happen throughout the amendment campaign.
Senator John Marty stated the very next day after the election that he will start pushing a bill to legalize same-sex marriage as soon as the legislative session convenes in less than two months. According to Rep. Karen Clark, the legislature’s longest-serving openly homosexual member, activists will meet in just two weeks, on Dec.1, for a summit to plan their next steps.
We must not let their plan succeed.
First, understand that the defeat of the marriage amendment was not an endorsement of gay marriage. Far from it. The amendment was defeated by a narrow margin. And, it passed in 75 out of 87 counties across Minnesota. That means that many legislators did not receive a mandate from their constituents to legalize gay marriage. And it is our job–with your help–to make sure they get the message.
Minnesota for Marriage will be there to fight back the inevitable attacks on marriage in the legislature. And we hope you will continue standing with us to accomplish that.
You see, the last 16 months have not been in vain. We now have you, and a grassroots army of volunteers across the state who are educated on the issue. It’s time for us to rise from last week’s setback and rejoin the battle.
The first thing you can do is make sure you stay informed by visiting our website and social media outlets. Check out our website at MinnesotaForMarriage.com. Soon we will be asking you to contact your legislators—even before the session begins in January—to urge them to uphold Minnesota’s current marriage protection laws.
Second, you can make a donation that will help us mobilize traditional marriage supporters to join with us in blocking attempts by the legislature to legalize same-sex “marriage”. You can make a secure, on-line donation here.
Yes, we lost a battle, but the war is not over.
Let me put the disappointment of this election in perspective, and suggest what our outlook should be for the challenges ahead, with this thought from 2 Peter 3:17-18.
“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
Once again, thank you and God bless you for your faithful partnership with us. By the grace of God, and with the strength He supplies, we will press on to uphold His good design for marriage, for His glory and the good of our state.
John Helmberger, Chairman
Protecting Marriage: What Happens Next?