The battle to protect traditional marriage in California was the most expensive ballot measure in the nation decided in Tuesday’s election. “So goes California, goes the nation,” was the battle cry of activists on both sides as money poured into California from all 50 states to fight for and against the initiative that amends the state’s constitution and puts the definition of marriage out of reach of judicial activists.

Five months earlier, the California Supreme Court overturned an initiative passed in 2000 by an overwhelming margin that defined marriage as between and man and a woman. This time, however, the constitutional amendment only squeaked by. If the question is put to voters again in a few years and this momentum continues, it is likely to fail.

Much has happened in eight years. While people of faith were asleep, gay activists worked tirelessly to mainstream their lifestyle, which is condemned in the sacred writings of all major religions. These gay activists never rested on a victory. They were never deterred by a defeat. They never changed or softened their message:

  • Homosexuality is not a choice.
  • Gay rights are a matter of civil rights.
  • Gay marriage is a matter of fairness.
  • Gay marriage is necessary to allow homosexuals the right to inherit property or visit their partners in a hospital.

The real battle over this issue has been going on for decades. People of faith sat silently by as homosexuality was mainstreamed in our schools. As a result, millions of young voters now believe all the above assertions to be true.

The turning point in California was the L.A. Unified School Board election in April of 1991. L.A. Unified had been given the responsibility of writing the AIDS education curriculum for the entire country by the Centers for Disease Control. Furthermore, California buys 10 percent of the textbooks in this country, and L.A. Unified, being the largest school district in the state, controls the direction of these textbooks. Therefore, other curricula hung in the balance.

Four of the seven seats on that board were up for grabs. There were Christians running in each of the four districts, but they had very little support because the churches were asleep. The Sunday before the election, I was handing out flyers in my church parking lot. I handed one to a gentleman and asked, “Are you going to vote in the election on Tuesday?”

He gave me a blank stare and said, “What election?”

I said, “School board.”

He said, “Oh, I only vote in the big ones.”

That was the big one!

The teachers’ union is committed to advancing the gay lifestyle, and their candidates were overwhelming elected in each race. A homosexual activist named Jeff Horton was put in charge of the AIDS curriculum. Over the years, Horton and his friends have been responsible for inserting the homosexual agenda in subtle ways into other textbooks, and it has been mainstreamed in our schools ever since.

Last January, a new law went into effect that functionally requires that California public schools teach children as young as kindergarten that homosexuality is a normal and natural lifestyle. New textbooks are currently being written and will be coming to a school near you!

Unfortunately, people of faith have been back-pedaling on this issue for years. Some churches have declared the biblical passages condemning homosexuality to be irrelevant because they are afraid to offend anyone.

We elected and re-elected lawmakers committed to furthering the gay agenda.

We let domestic partnerships take hold and destroy the hedge of protection placed around traditional marriage by the state.

We have retreated to the point that the only thing left to defend is the word “marriage” itself. No wonder so many people are now shaking their heads and saying, “Gays have all the benefits of marriage, so why make such a big deal over this one word?”

This battle is far from over. Constitutions can be amended again and again. Gay activists will not be deterred by this defeat. If you are going to protect traditional marriage, you have to begin by cleaning out your local school boards, state legislatures, the U.S. Congress and the White House. Yes, we just elected a president who has pledged to further the gay rights agenda!

If you are serious about protecting traditional marriage, you must get involved and stay involved. There is no such thing as a value-free law, a value-free piece of legislation or a value-free textbook. If you aren’t committed to electing lawmakers and school board members who believe in your values, somebody is!

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