Lib­eral ac­tivists hail ref­er­en­dum votes on abor­tion, ho­mo­sex­u­als

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Ch­eryl Wet­zstein

Demo­cratic so­cial val­ues pre­vailed in many state elec­tions, as vot­ers re­jected pro-life mea­sures on abor­tion, passed a mea­sure sup­port­ing em­bry­onic stem-cell re­search and, for the first time, de­featedamea­sure­tore­strict­mar­riage to one man-one wo­man unions.

“Women vot­ers cleaned house. Wom­enarefedup”with­Iraqpol­icy, the “so-called eco­nomic re­cov­ery” and the “re­lent­less ef­forts to limit women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights,” the lib­eral Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Women said.

“Amer­i­can vot­ers sent a clear mes­sage yes­ter­day that the era of gay-bash­ing to win elec­tions is over, as vot­ers flatly re­jected anti-gay and di­vi­sive can­di­dates,” said Joe Sol­monese,pres­i­dentofHu­manRights Cam­paign,which­spent$5mil­lionon elec­tion-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

The elec­tions show “that sup­port­ing fair­ness for gay and les­bian fam­i­lies is not a li­a­bil­ity, while align­ing­with­the­ex­tremeChris­tian­right is,” said the Na­tional Gay and Les­bian Task Force (NGLTF), which met last week with 2,000 ho­mo­sex­ual rights ac­tivists in Kansas City, Mo.,tore­viewthe­elec­tion­sand­plan strate­gies.

Re­fer­ring to the de­feat of Ari­zona’s Propo­si­tion 107, which would have de­fined mar­riage as only the union of one man and one wo­man, NGLTF leader Matt Fore­man said the­mar­riageis­sue“just­doesn’thave the juice it had just two years ago.”

“Peo­ple are get­ting sick of it,” he said.

Nov. 7 wasn’t a full sweep for lib­eral so­cial is­sues — mea­sures to le­gal­ize mar­i­juana failed in three states, a well-funded Colorado mea­sure to cre­ate a do­mes­tic-part­ner sys­tem­didn’tsur­vive­and­sev­en­state mar­riage amend­ments passed.

Still, the re­sults were sober­ing to lead­ers of so­cial con­ser­va­tives.

“The val­ues vot­ers of 2004 could be­calledthein­tegri­tyvot­er­sof2006,” Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Tony Perkins said. “The mes­sage is that val­ues are not just some­thing you talk about at elec­tion time. Val­ues should guide pub­lic poli­cies and per­sonal con­duct. This should be a clear mes­sage to both par­ties that val­ues vot­ers vote val­ues, not party.

“That reve­la­tion may be an in­escapable re­al­ity for Repub­li­cans, but it should serve as a warn­ing to the­manyDemocratsw­holever­aged the­val­ues­gap­byrun­ningaspro-life, pro-fam­ily can­di­dates,” Mr. Perkins added. “Those in­tegrity vot­ers will be back at the polls in two short years.”

Among the Demo­crat vic­to­ries were pas­sage of a Mis­souri mea­sure­toal­lowem­bry­on­ic­stem-cell­re­search and de­feats of “par­ent no­ti­fi­ca­tion” abor­tion mea­sures in Cal­i­for­nia and Ore­gon and a ban on abor­tions in South Dakota. In Kansas, vot­ers also failed to re-elect At­tor­ney Gen­eral Phill Kline, who has been in a court bat­tle to ob­tain 90abor­tion­record­sa­sev­i­dence­ofil- le­gal late-term abor­tions, child rape and other crimes. Demo­crat Paul Mor­ri­son said he will look at Mr. Kline’s ev­i­dence, but he is ex­pected to drop the case.

Democrats lost mea­sures to le- gal­ize mar­i­juana in Ne­vada, South Dakota and Colorado, and lost mar­riage amend­ment bat­tles in Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Ten­nessee, Vir­ginia and Wis­con­sin.

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