Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has endorsed the concept of establishing "civil unions" in Missouri for homosexual partners. A "civil union" is a
legal relationship between members of the same sex that is essentially equivalent to marriage in that it grants the same rights and privileges under the law as marriage. In other words, "civil unions" are simply marriage by a different name.
Carnahan made known her views on "civil unions" during a recent presentation at the Missouri University School of Law. She was asked her views on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which protects states from being required to legally recognize out-of-state same-sex "marriages."
Carnahan told the law students that she believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but that "civil unions are something we should consider."
When pressed later for a further explanation of her view on "civil unions," a spokesperson for Carnahan suggested that
the issue should be put to a statewide vote. Linden Zakula, Carnahan's press secretary, stated: "Secretary Carnahan says that ...
Missouri should be open to civil unions...It's something they should consider and it should be left up to the citizens of Missouri to decide."
Missouri voters made clear what they think about marriage in our state in 2004. Voters approved a constitutional amendment saying that "marriage shall
exist only between a man and a woman" with a resounding 71% of the vote. Carnahan did not support Missouri's marriage amendment at the time.
It is important to note that the language of Missouri's constitutional amendment on marriage does not preclude the establishment of "civil unions," as was true of marriage amendments in many other states. As a result, the Missouri Legislature could establish "civil unions" in Missouri by passing a law to do so.
Carnahan has announced that she plans to seek the office of United States Senator in Missouri in 2010, hoping to succeed retiring Senator Kit Bond. Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt and State Senator Chuck Purgason have also declared that they will file for election to the U.S. Senate seat as well.
Blunt has charged that Carnahan would support President Obama's efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. "President Obama and Robin Carnahan
want to radically change the country including one of the essential building blocks of the traditional family. They oppose protecting traditional marriage because they prefer liberal judges to impose same-sex marriage."
"President Obama wants to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act," Blunt continues. "Robin Carnahan would vote for repeal, just as she refused to support Missouri's vital constitutional ban against same-sex marriage. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and strongly supported Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage."
Where exactly Carnahan stands on the Defense of Marriage Act is unclear. She told the University of Missouri law students that individual states should control the issue of same-sex marriage, and told another group that "states should be in charge of these
kinds of things." But whether she believes those states should be able to impose their
definition of marriage on other states is an unanswered question.
Carnahan's campaign is being highly touted by Emily's List, the nation's leading pro-abortion political action committee. That group recently announced that electing Carnahan to the U.S. Senate was one of their top five priorities in next year's elections. Carnahan has been a strong supporter of legalized abortion, as was her father, deceased Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan.
On the subject of traditional marriage, we beseech you to focus your prayers on the people of the State of
Maine as they head to the polls tomorrow. Voters there will be casting ballots on a
constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Earlier this year, the Maine Legislature enacted a law redefining marriage to include individuals of the same gender. Voters will be deciding tomorrow the outcome of an initiative petition to overturn the Legislature's action. Please pray that the citizens of Maine will preserve the integrity of marriage in their state.