Pro-marriage forces are working on a strategy to challenge the Connecticut supreme court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state last week.
Every 20 years, voters in the Constitution State have the option to request that the state's constitution be rewritten. That issue just happens to be on the ballot next month.
"If enough votes are found to favor a convention, it will be incumbent upon the state legislature to convene a state Constitution Convention," explained Matthew M. Daly, chairman of the Constitution Convention Campaign.
"There, the people of Connecticut can implement "Initiative Referenda" as a mechanism and amend the state Constitution for a 31st time," he said.
Opponents of gay marriage are hoping to force a constitutional convention. They say it's their best shot to redefine marriage as only between a man and a woman.
"The Court's willingness to undemocratically impose same-sex marriage on Connecticut has made it necessary for us to demand the right to Let the People Decide," said Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut , in a press release.
"And that is why thousands of us will vote 'yes' for a constitutional convention on November 4th," he said.
Third State to Legalize Gay Marriage
Last Friday, Connecticut became the third state after California and Massachusetts to legalize gay marriages.
"We will work for a majority 'yes' vote this November 4th to hold a state constitutional convention and will fight to get a direct initiative law out of the convention," Wolfgang said.
"And then we will put a question on the ballot to allow the public - not our robed masters - to decide once and for all if marriage will be protected in our state constitution as the union of a man and a woman," he continued.
The court's ruling was criticized by pro-family leaders including Dr. James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. Dobson said it was "another tragic example of runaway judges trampling on citizens' right to decide public policy for themselves."
"Not only have these judges knowingly deprived Connecticut children of a mother or a father, but they have usurped the role of the legislators to create law," he said.
Sources: CBN News, Christian Post.com