Election Sweep Brings Marriage And Morals Mandate

Nov 3, 2004

Orlando, FL - The 2004 election has energized social conservatives with an overwhelming mandate on traditional marriage and abortion. Every politician must hear the message of the American people loud and clear: "If you don't vote right on marriage, then look for another job."

State constitutional marriage amendments passed in all thirteen states: AR (75%), GA (77%), KY(75%), LA (78%), MI (59%), MS (86%), MO (72%), MT (66%), ND (73%), OH (62%), OK (76%), OR (57%), UT (66%). The constitutional amendment in Oregon now ends the court case that had ruled against the marriage laws. Homosexual advocacy groups poured money into Oregon, thinking this was the state they had a chance to win. They were wrong.

The biggest news in the Senate races is the defeat of Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota, who was the Minority Leader. Daschle is the one who orchestrated the efforts to vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment this July. His 26-year career that began in 1978 was ended by Republican Tom Thune, and the defining issue in the race was traditional marriage. Thune supported a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage while Daschle opposed it. Daschle's defeat marks the first time since 1952 that a Senate party leader lost re-election. CNN predicts that Republicans will gain 5 seats, raising the number to 55 or 56.

The House fared just as well as the Senate on marriage. Colorado Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, who pioneered the move in the House to pass a constitutional amendment on marriage, won re-election. Despite the fact she was targeted by national groups because of her position on traditional marriage, she sailed to a clear victory. Congressman John Hostettler, who sponsored a bill to prevent federal courts from striking down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, also won re-election. CNN is predicting a net gain in the House by Republicans of 5 seats.

President George W. Bush has received more popular votes than any other presidential candidate in history with more than 58 million already counted. Despite the fact that John Kerry has not yet conceded defeat, it is clear that Bush has also won the electoral vote. It is statistically impossible for Kerry to win in Ohio. With Bush as President and 55 to 56 Senate seats controlled by Republicans, Bush will be able to appoint the next one to four Justices to the United States Supreme Court. This aspect of the election is by far the most significant.

Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, said: "The election is a clean sweep on marriage and morals. The move to amend the U. S. Constitution to preserve traditional marriage will move full steam ahead. Although the battle for the U.S. Supreme Court is not over, we now have the opportunity to appoint judges who will judge, not legislate from the bench. This election sets the future course of the Supreme Court for the next forty years. Marriage, morals and the sanctity of human life were the real winners in this election. The people have spoken. The politicians must now listen or find other employment."

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