The Triumph of the Common Man Over Cultural Elites
We did it — You did it — And ultimately God did it! After four long years of hard work and some rather stunning opposition along the way, the Florida Marriage Protection Act will become a permanent part of the Florida constitution as Article I, Section 27. This is simply a remarkable victory. Well over four and a half million Floridians comprising 62.1% of the electorate voted for the common sense idea that marriage will remain between one man and one woman.
Thank You So Much
Yesterday Dr. Dobson called to congratulate me and asked me to personally thank every single person in Florida who labored and supported this great cause. I also wish I could speak face to face with every single one of the hundreds and thousands of pastors, county coordinators, phone bankers, sign waivers, volunteers, and people who just spoke to their neighbors to vote “Yes on 2” and personally thank them also.
Educating Ourselves into Imbecility
From my perspective, this victory is really a triumph of the common man over cultural elites. This vote represents the vast majority of Floridians who are hard working, have families and children, love their country and whose faith is not some rabbit’s foot in their pocket but a real and vibrant part of who they are and what they stand for. On the other hand, every single daily newspaper in Florida (all 27 of them) openly opposed Amendment 2 not just once– but several times in their editorial pages. All this reminds me of what English Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge said about the modern man: “We have now educated ourselves into a state of complete imbecility.”
Consider the Opposition We Faced Along the Way
The opposition we have faced over the last four years was simply stunning. Consider what we together overcame:
1) The rules changed after we started the petition effort from requiring a 50% approval to pass a state amendment to a new 60% approval needed to pass it. We opposed this change but acceted the challenge once it was passed.
2) A so-called “gay” church in Jacksonville try to intimidate Florida voters who signed the marriage petition by publishing their names online with a “Know they Neighbor” campaign. We used the website as tool to help us find friends and family who had not yet signed the petition!
3) Sunrise police officers threaten to arrest me for displaying petitions in “public view” on table at a Promise Keepers conference that we paid $800 to exhibit in a parking lot. Two of the male officers mocked the volunteers by kissing each other while they were being photographed. We filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the bad cops.
4) Hours after holding a press conference in Tallahassee to announce we had collected over the number of signatures needed, the Division of Elections website lowered the online number to below the required signatures needed.
5) The Miami Dade Supervisor of Elections “accidentally” double counted 22,000 petitions requiring an emergency effort on our part to get an additional 22,000 signatures in only 13 days. We ended up collecting over 92,000 in 13 days!
6) The Scripps Howard Newspaper service mistakenly published a month old news story (as if it were breaking news) in 4 south Florida newspapers and in local TV news stories reporting that we had made the petition goal while the emergency collection effort was still under way. The newspaper then refused to report their major mistake as news!
7) Our opponents collectively outspent us almost 3 to 1. But we had 100 times moe volunteers then they did.
8) Our opponent’s pumped out a predicted avalanche of fraud, deception and false claims in TV ads. Their tactic was to prey upon Florida’s most vulnerable and precious citizens—our seniors. We reached out to seniors and warned them of this deception.
9) Thousands of yard signs were stolen, vandalized and destroyed. Bill boards were defaced. Cars with Yes2Marriage bumper stickers were keyed. Ugly e-mails, faxes and hate mail were a daily occurrence in the main office. We turned the other cheek and obeyed the law.
10) In desperation as they were slipping in the polls, opponents filed last minute complaints against us with the Division of Elections and then only days before November 4,they filed a completely frivolous lawsuit timed to be heard the day before the election as a cheap publicity stunt. The “emergency” lawsuit was denied by the judge on all counts.
11) The day before the election they recruited a former President of the United States (Bill Clinton) to make a quarter of a million robo calls trying to scare people into voting no on 2! We prayed that God would give us favor higher than a President.
And in spite of all this opposition and because of your efforts and support we were still victorious! .
What does this means for Florida’s Future?
What the passage of Amendment 2 means for Florida is that as a matter of law marriage will be held in esteem and respected as a special and unique relationship which is vital to our success. Gender differences and words like “mother and father” not be removed from the law and declared bigoted. It means that kindergarten girls and boys will not come home with “diversity” packets containing brochures entitled “Am I gay?”. It means that second graders will not learn to read from books like Heather has Two Mommies and the King and King. It means that crafty homosexual activists will not be able to create gay marriage and try and call it something else like what happened in California and Connecticut. It really means that a whole of array of legal and policy nonsense aimed at radically redefining natural marriage and family structures will never see the light of day.
While the leaders and staff of the Florida Family Policy Council were the primary force behind spearheading this historic effort, there was a diverse coalition of hundred and thousands of churches and organizations that participated. There are some major organizations and persons that have to be thanked and recognized for their full and unconditional support of this effort the entire way through this four year process. They are: Focus on the Family, Focus Action, Florida Baptist Convention, Florida Catholic Conference, Knight of Columbus, Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council, Nation for Marriage, The High Impact Coalition, Christian Coalition of Florida, Community Issues Council, Exodus International, Senator Dan Webster, Sate Rep. Frank and Juda Atkisson, former Senator Tom Lee, Pastor Clayton Cloer, Pastor Tom Messer, and Bishop Harry R. Jackson. In addition to the above major supporters there were also thousands of others who participated and supported the effort at various stages along the way.
Again, thank you for your tireless efforts!
Check the results of the final vote in your county HERE.
Associated Press: Florida Bans Gay Marriage http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/758471.html
Palm Beach Post: Gay Rights Advocates Suffer Defeat in Four States http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/nation/epaper/2008/11/05/a18a_ballotmeasures_1106.html
Miami Herald: Gay Marriage Foes Get Several Victories http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking-news/story/758798.html
Times Union: Marriage Defined, Supporters Tout Moral Values http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/110608/met_352581374.shtml
Lakeland Ledger: Marriage Issue Not Dead http://www.theledger.com/article/20081105/NEWS/811050378/-1/NEWS36?Title=Marriage_Issue_Is_Not_Dead__Say_Friends__Foes_Of_Amendment