The National Organization for Marriage to Washington Senate: "Don't Mess with Marriage"


Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)

Washington residents don't support same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), today responded to the Washington state Senate's passage of a same-sex marriage bill. The move brings Washington one step closer to becoming the seventh state to redefine marriage, a move in the wrong direction for the United States.

"As was recently demonstrated in a statewide survey we released, the people of Washington state do not support same-sex marriage," said Brian Brown. "The same activists behind this legislation were barely able to secure passage of civil unions and now they're back demanding that marriage be redefined. It's outrageous. NOM believes the people of Washington deserve to decide this issue for themselves, and we are committed to helping mount a referendum campaign to overturn the law if it is enacted, just as we did in Maine and California."

Thirty-one states have voted on the marriage issue and all have rejected same-sex marriage and reaffirmed their desire to maintain marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This includes traditionally deep-blue states like Maine and California. Maine voters passed a referendum that rejected legislation to redefine marriage, and California passed an initiative to end gay marriage and restore traditional marriage. NOM was the largest contributor to both efforts.

"Washington legislators may think it's politically fashionable to follow Hollywood over the cliff, but they will soon learn there are consequences to their actions," Brown said. "Maine voters vetoed their gay marriage law and then a year later threw the legislators out of office. In Iowa, voters kicked three judges off their state Supreme court for deciding to impose same-sex marriage. And in New Hampshire, voters also ended the careers of legislators who voted for gay marriage. The same thing will happen in Washington state."

The National Organization will work with allies in Washington to qualify a referendum to overturn the law, just as it did in Maine and California.

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130),, or Anath Hartmann,, at 703-683-5004.

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  1. Zack
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Well...this is shaping up to be one heck of a fight.

  2. Ben
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank You - I've been fighting this among my friends and family for years. As a lifelong Washingtonian, I really appreciate your standing strong with us. 🙂

  3. MIke J.
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Yep, religionists forcing their ideology on others. History won't be kind to Maggie and Brian.

  4. LonesomeRhoades
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Homosexual activists will not stop till they make the abnormal acceptable.

  5. Posted February 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    "History won't be kind to Maggie and Brian."

    How many civilizations have come and gone, how empires have risen to grandeur, and then disappeared? But somehow marriage between a man and a woman, has outlived them all.

    There's just something absolutely unique about a public union that recognizes gender complementarity, integrates both sexes, and ties children to both their natural parents, without any govt. interference, all at the same time. That kind of family is a microcosm of all of society, and will endure through all time.

  6. ResistSSA
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    DoE - I might add that some civilizations had adopted homosexuality as acceptable behavior, but its acceptance has never lasted for any appreciable period of time. Societies always return to the tried and true union of man and woman as their foundation.

    What we are witnessing with the current push for acceptance of homosexuality is history repeating itself. History has time and again been on Brian and Maggie's side, and will always be.

  7. SC Guy
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Well, it's going to be a big battle in Washington. Thanks to a bunch of spineless politicians in Olympia, it will fall to the voters to rule on this. Thank the Good Lord that WA has the "people's veto' or equivalent thereof which New Yorkers didn't have to reign in a rogue legislature.
    I was very disappointed to see that 4 GOP state senators voted for gay marriage. How utterly disgusting. What is wrong with them! They must learn to regret their decision.

  8. AJ
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Out of state special interests are rarely welcomed in Washington State. With solid bipartisan support from even the extremely popular GOP candidate for AG (and son of a beloved congresswoman) Washington State will stand up for love, justice and Washington State values. The same values that passed a sweeping partnership law with a margin of thousands 🙂

  9. JR
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    SC - "They must learn to regret their decision." What sort of a threat is this. Should the 4 be given round the clock police protection from now on?

  10. Louis E.
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    AJ,justice forbids treating the horrific practice of same-sex sexual relationships with the undeserved respect unforgivably demanded by its advocates!

    Let's all cheer the three Democrats who voted against SSM!

  11. Leo
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink


  12. Wayne
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    We could care less as to what "side of history" we're on. Marriage is a God-ordained institution between one man and one woman for life! God will take care of history and we will be on the right side of God's favor.

  13. Posted February 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    We could care less as to what "side of history" we're on.

    People who argue that we are on the "wrong" side of history clearly do not know history.

    The relationship of “husband and wife” is “founded in nature, but
    modified by civil society: the one directing man to continue and
    multiply his species, the other prescribing the manner in which that
    natural impulse must be confined and regulated.”

    1 William Blackstone, Commentaries *410.

    “the establishment of marriage in all civilized states is built on
    this natural obligation of the father to provide for his children”

    id. at *35.

    Marriage is “is made by a voluntary compact between man and

    John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government § 78 (1690)

    Marriage “was instituted … for the purpose of preventing the
    promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic
    and for securing the maintenance and education of children”

    Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language (1st
    ed. ) (1828)

    Marriage is a “ contract, made in due form of law, by which a man
    and woman reciprocally engage to live with each other during their
    joint lives, and to discharge towards each other the duties
    imposed by
    law on the relation of husband and wife.”

    John Bouvier, A Law
    Dictionary Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States

    105 (1868)

    “For certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and
    necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth,
    to take rank as one of the coordinate states of the Union, than
    which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of the
    family, as
    consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and
    woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all
    is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guarantee of
    reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress
    social and political improvement. ”

    Murphy v. Ramsey, 114 U.S. 15 at 45 (1885), quoted in Davis v. Beason,
    133 U.S. 333 at 344, 345 (1890) and United States v. Bitty , 208 U.S.
    393 at 401 (1908)

  14. Ash
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Good information as always, Michael.

  15. mdecker
    Posted February 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink


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