Activists May Push for Gay Marriage in More States

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Gay rights activists say they're energized by Tuesday's election and may push to legalize same-sex marriage in at least five more states next year, including Minnesota, Illinois, Rhode Island, Hawaii and Delaware.

On Tuesday,  activists in Maine, Maryland, and Washington declared victory with their ballot intiatives to give same-sex couples the right to legally marry in their states.

Those states broke a 32-state record in which voters have voted down gay marriage rights every time. They will become the seventh and eighth states to legalize gay marriage and the first states to do so through the people's vote.

In Minnesota, voters rejected a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage -- but a state law outlawing it remains in place.

Traditional marriage supporters say they'll oppose any upcoming ballot measures to legalize same-sex marriage.

"We're not fighting a battle against gay individuals. We're all children of God. We respect and love everyone," traditional marriag ampaign strategist Frank Schubert said. "But marriage is something God created to bring men and women together and to protect children.  And that's why it's so important that we fight whenever there's an opportunity to fight."

The battle was ugly in some states like Maine.Vandals there spray-painted swastikas all over one church Monday night. Before Tuesday, 32 states all rejected legalized same sex marriage.

Bishop Harry Jackson was part of a coalition of pastors who sought to defeat Maryland same-sex marriage amendment. He shared his views on why the measure was approved on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Nov. 7.

Marylander Kenya Morton said her state was very open to alternate lifestyles.

"Your opportunities of getting by with stuff that you wouldn't be able to get by with in your state, most likely Maryland will be the state that will let you do it," Morton said.

Many Maryland churchgoers worry state-sanctioned gay marriage will mean they lose the right to teach their children what they feel is biblical about homosexuality.

Delegate Don Dwyer's been a long-time leader in the fight against gay marriage. He said it's all about education of children and the re-definition of the word marriage so that it can be taught in the public schools as a normal sexual lifestyle.
 
Schubert coordinated the traditional marriage campaigns in all four states that voted Tuesday. At an election-watch party in Washington, D.C., he told CBN News that Christians need to realize the issues going on in places where gay marriage is state-sanctioned.
 
"It's taught in the schools to young children," Schubert said. "People who believe in marriage as God designed it are punished, they're sued, they're brought before Human Rights Commissions. There are all kinds of consequences that befall us."

Gay marriage will now be legal in eight states plus the District of Columbia.

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