by Jim Tankersley
A leading evangelical Christian group is telling supporters that a "cultural earthquake" rocked California earlier this month, which threatens "to permanently alter marriage and families in America."
Focus on the Family Action, the political offshoot of Dr. James Dobson's Colorado-based Focus on the Family, is ramping up its coast-to-coast "battle to save marriage," its senior vice president for government and public policy explained in a fundraising e-mail this week. The effort is a response to a California court ruling that legalized gay marriage in that state, and which Focus on the Family Action says "will be felt in every state that does not already have a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman" because California does not require residency for marriage.
"Homosexual activists across the nation will be emboldened to push their anti-family agenda (it's happening this very moment in Colorado)," senior vice president Tom Minnery writes in the Focus letter. "The only recourse is for Californians to pass a state marriage-protection amendment on the ballot this November."
Later, he adds: "The California homosexual marriage 'earthquake' could forever change the cultural landscape of our nation -- unless pro-family citizens like you and me take a stand."
A series of state initiatives banning gay marriage drew big attention in 2004. Republicans credited them for bolstering evangelical turnout at the polls and helping to push President Bush to re-election victory, particularly in battleground Ohio. Analysts wondered in the aftermath of the California ruling if the issue could once again factor heavily this year.
Both John McCain and Barack Obama oppose gay marriage, and, unlike Bush, both oppose a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Obama supports civil unions for gay couples.
Here's the letter in full:
On May 15, a cultural earthquake rocked our nation that threatens to permanently alter marriage and families in America.
Of course, I'm talking about the California Supreme Court ruling that legalized homosexual marriage in that state. As a result, California will soon begin issuing marriage licenses without any reference to "bride" or "groom."
But that is just the beginning of this cultural tectonic shift. Since California has no residency requirement for marriage, this quake will be felt in every state that does not already have a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Homosexual activists across the nation will be emboldened to push their anti-family agenda (it's happening this very moment in Colorado). The only recourse is for Californians to pass a state marriage-protection amendment on the ballot this November.
For years now, Focus on the Family Action has been working coast-to-coast on the battle to save marriage. The California decision is forcing us to further expand these and other efforts that we simply could not have budgeted for. That's where you come in.
Will you make a special gift today to Focus Action to help us defend marriage and continue our many other vital election year efforts? Please click here to donate online.
The California homosexual marriage "earthquake" could forever change the cultural landscape of our nation -- unless pro-family citizens like you and me take a stand. Focus Action is uniquely positioned to fight to save marriage this year, but we depend on the generous support of friends like you.
And let's face it -- the liberal media are doing everything in their power to downplay pro-family issues in this election cycle. They do not want the presidential and congressional candidates facing tough questions on marriage and the family. But these are crucial issues that must be addressed.
I am committing our team here at Focus Action to this great task. Will you make a gift to help Focus Action right now?
On behalf of our entire team, thank you in advance for joining with Focus Action to defend marriage at this crucial time.
Sr. Vice President, Government and Public Policy
Focus on the Family Action