Maine: 'I Don't,' Washington: 'I Do,' Ohio: 'You Bet!'
Maine voters rejected Maine's law on same-sex marriage. The law, enacted this year by Maine's legislature, would have allowed gay couples to marry, but did not force churches to perform marriage ceremonies. In a defeat for gay rights groups, 53 percent of voters said, "I don't."
Since the law passed last spring, Focus on the Family's political action committee in Maine spent $230,000 to get the referendum on the ballot and to promote its passage. Family Research Council Action (FRC) joined the fight in September, providing $41,000 for the effort.
In Wednesday's Focus on the Family broadcast, James Dobson praised Maine's voters.
"May their stand for righteousness spread throughout the rest of the country," he said, "and may we continue to see marriage preserved and protected as the sacred institution God intended it to be, between one man and one woman, committed for life."
Dobson also called on listeners to oppose efforts by President Obama and Congress to reverse the Defense of Marriage Act.
Tony Perkins of FRC also praised Maine's voters for their decision.
Same-sex marriage is not supported by most Americans, he said, and he hopes other states will follow Maine's decision.
"The institution of marriage should not be used to establish special rights for a select few at the expense of the natural family and future generations," said Perkins.
Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America (CWA), pointed out that "every time Americans vote on marriage, traditional marriage wins." According to Wright, people reject same-sex marriage when they understand that "the true homosexual agenda … is not about equality but [about] indoctrinating children and discriminating ...1