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Legatus Magazine

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Dec 01, 2008
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Traditional marriage scores election day victories

Within days of voters passing constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage in three states, Connecticut became the second state in the Union, after Massachusetts, to legally recognize homosexual unions as “marriages.”

Homosexual couples lined up in front of New Haven’s Superior Court to claim marriage licenses on Nov. 12, and many others were expected to “marry” across the state.

In October, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that homosexual couples are entitled to “marry,” despite a civil union law already in effect that gave same-sex partners the same rights and privileges as married couples.

In early November, Connecticut voters decided against holding a constitutional convention where delegates would have considered a proposal to protect the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman in state law.

Peter Wolfgang, executive director of The Family Institute of Connecticut, vowed to press on with an uphill battle to protect marriage in his state.

“Unlike California, we did not have a remedy,” Wolfgang said. The Supreme Court ruling “must be overturned with patience, determination and fortitude.”

On Nov. 4, Christians celebrated the passage of constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage in California, Florida and Arizona. Thirty states now have amendments outlawing same-sex “marriage.” Another 18 states have statutes on the books protecting marriage, but those statutes tend to be overturned by activist judges, as happened in Connecticut.

Voters in Colorado and South Dakota defeated amendments on Nov. 4 that would have protected the unborn. South Dakotans rejected a ban on abortion by voting down Measure 11 by a 55-45 margin. Colorado voters defeated a ballot initiative 73.5% to 26.5% that would have made it the first state to define personhood as beginning at conception.

Also on Nov. 4, the state of Washington voted to legalize assisted suicide according to the Oregon model. The “Death with Dignity Act,” which allows physicians to prescribe a fatal dose of medication to patients whom a doctor feels are likely to die within six months, passed in the state 59% to 41%. contributed to this article.


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