Survey Shows Strong National Support for Traditional Marriage
Americans support the preservation of traditional marriage by overwhelming margins, according to a new national opinion survey. The scientific poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies reveals that 62% of those questioned believe that "marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman." Only 35% disagreed with that statement.
What is most notable about the results is that 53% of those surveyed felt strongly about preserving the traditional definition of marriage, an extremely high number for public sentiment on any subject. The survey included a large nationwide sample of 1500 adults.
"Americans recognize that marriage provides a strong foundation for a thriving society," says Brian Rau, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, which commissioned the survey. "The union between husband and wife benefits society--especially children--in unique ways that cannot be duplicated by any other relationship. Throughout history, diverse cultures and faiths have recognized this universally defined ideal as the best way to promote healthy, natural families for the good of future generations."
"These numbers are not surprising," says Gene Ulm, director of the survey and partner of Public Opinions Strategies. "More than 63 million
Americans in 31 state elections have voted on constitutional marriage amendments. 63% of those total voters have voted to affirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman."
Missouri citizens amended our State Constitution in 2004 to preserve the traditional definition of marriage with a 71% majority vote. Even liberal states like California, Oregon, and Maine have voted in favor of traditional marriage.
"This survey...shows the opposition has created an illusion of momentum but not a real base of support...Americans still strongly affirm the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman as the fundamental building block of civilization," Raum adds.
Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, says that the drive to re-define marriage is the "last great frontier" in the campaign to re-engineer the institution of marriage. "Those committed to this radical agenda have systematically broken down the cultural barriers to same-sex 'marriage' by desensitizing people on this issue, stigmatizing those who oppose the movement and potentially criminalizing anyone who stands in opposition to them."
Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council says the Public Opinion Strategies Survey brings new perspective to the debate over so-called "same-sex marriage." "Advocates of same-sex 'marriage' would have you believe that a majority of Americans are now ready to throw man-woman marriage and mother-father households on the ash heap of history. Don't believe it."
The Family Research Council has just released a new documentary entitled "The Problem with Same-Sex 'Marriage:' How it Will Affect You and Your Children." The documentary includes comments by Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. You can watch a trailer of the documentary by using this link:
The Obama Administration has continued the President's aggressive campaign to alter American values on the subject of homosexuality by launching a new website on the White House's webpage (www.whitehouse.gov/lgbt) promoting the virtues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered lifestyles. The website has been established in concert with the President's latest proclamation declaring June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that it is introducing "cultural competency training" to indoctrinate federal workers through "gay rights" and "gender identity" training. HHS also announced that it is partnering with the Department of Education to host an "LGBT Film Festival" in "celebration" of "LGBT Pride Month." The Washington Times reports that the Department of Agriculture is implementing 'cultural transformation training," including discussion that compares "heterosexism" (the belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman) to racism.
By the time you read this article, the Legislature in New York will have likely decided whether it is going to redefine marriage in that state. Currently, the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa have redefined marriage to include same-sex unions through court mandates or legislative action. Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and most recently Illinois have legalized "civil unions," a legal arrangement tantamount to marriage.
You can read an excellent article entitled "Why Not Same-Sex 'Marriage?'" on the website of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, a state which is working to pass a pro-marriage constitutional amendment. The article provides responses to ten common arguments advanced in favor of the redefinition of marriage. It is written by Daniel Heimbach, a professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of the book True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis. You can access Heimbach's article by clicking this link:
Why Not Same-Sex 'Marriage?'