Thomas Peters, the cultural director for NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, says it’s “God’s plan” they lost the “traditional marriage” battle in four states last week, and seemed to admit blame, saying “marriage will not win if it’s not defended.” For the first time in U.S. history, voters in not one but three states elected to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples, and in one state, said “no” to inserting a ban on same-sex marriage into their constitution.
NOM for years has said the only poll that counts is the one at the ballot box. They’ve also said they will respect the people’s vote once it’s cast. Apparently, they’ve forgotten those promises.
Peters spoke on Friday with Michelle Bauman, of the Catholic News Agency/EWTN News and the National Catholic Register‘s Tim Drake:
“Quoting an article written by Benedictine University’s Tom Hoopes for Catholic Vote, Peters said, “‘God’s plan throughout history involves losing battles, but winning the war.’”
“I was disappointed with the results,” admitted Peters. “We have to pray for a legal reprieve. The president is against those who are pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-religious freedom. He may get the change to change the makeup of the Supreme Court. We’re facing a serious generational problem.”
“The Affordable Care Act will never be repealed,” added Peters. “It will continue to exist as an entitlement of the liberal state.”
Thom Price asked whether the election losses were attributed to a lack of communication.
“It’s a lack of activation, not communication,” said Peters, who noted the disparity in the number of volunteers working against Minnesota’s marriage amendment in comparison to the numbers supporting the amendment. He suggested that Catholics need to be far more active in the process. “Our opponents start by voting, and then spend months phone-calling, door-knocking, and getting the word out.”
On the issue of marriage, Peters noted that traditional marriage lost in all four states – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington.
“In Minnesota, we tried to pass a marriage protection amendment so that marriage couldn’t be redefined by judges. In Maine, voters approved same-sex ‘marriage.’ In Maryland and Washington, referendums to try to overturn gay marriage failed,” said Peters. “We were outraised by 4 to 1, and 8 to 1 in some cases. Yet, in every one of those states, more people voted for marriage than voted for Romney. Traditional marriage lost by only a small margin. The message this sends to Christians is that marriage will not win if it’s not defended.”
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