If you thought the same-sex "marriage" crowd was gaining some momentum, think again. In at least two states, massive campaigns are underway to protect civilization's oldest institution. By removing three of its justices last year, voters have made it clear that redefining marriage is not an option.
Starting this month, Iowa has its sights set on changing the state constitution so that other courts don't make the same mistake. A marriage protection amendment just passed through the Iowa House Judiciary Committee Monday, which means a public hearing could be in the works as early as next week. Thirteen members voted for House Joint Resolution 6--including one Democrat, Kurt Swaim, who told the media, "The issue before the Iowa people must no longer be 'Should I get to vote?' The issue must now be 'How should I vote?'"
In Wyoming, where counterfeit marriage is not recognized, the state is working to ensure that it never will be. Using the amendment process, senators voted 21-9 to define marriage as the union of a man and woman. "That's one vote more than the two-thirds majority needed to pass the bill if it comes up in a final vote in the Senate," a local reporter points out. If the amendment is approved by both chambers, the issue would be in voters' hands in 2012.
Farther west, Hawaiians are dealing with the same onslaught of bad bills they have become accustomed to in the last several years. A proposal to legalize civil unions, much like the one two years ago, barely passed its first big test in the Senate Judiciary Committee after almost three hours of debate. Like the 2009 fight, this one could hinge on how involved voters and churches are in defeating the legislation. People on both sides of the debate say a pro-marriage rally that drew 10,000 people was the turning point two years ago. Hundreds more showed up at the committee meeting and stayed until 3 a.m. After weeks of church phone calls and emails, the bill's sponsor killed the legislation herself. Let's hope history repeats itself! If you live in the islands, it's time to start making waves on marriage!