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The Maryland Marriage Victory Analysis should
be used in Traverse City TO STOP the 7 Bullies on the TCAPS School
Board from cramming their dangerous "ADULT" political homosexual
behavior Agenda onto the innocent and trusting TCAPS children grades
Kindergarten - 12th grade!
March 14, 2011
pro-family victory analysis:
(copied from a
Top 10 reasons why it [saving 'Marriage' in Maryland] was WON
when it looked like it would lose.
This was a classic pro-family victory
that needs to be understood and learned from.
Just weeks ago all the political experts were predicting that
the "gay marriage" bill would
sweep through the Maryland General Assembly. After it passed the relatively
conservative Senate, the more liberal House looked easy. The Governor was
all ready to sign it. But
the pro-family forces came together in an epic fight.
MassResistance worked closely with
pro-marriage activists across Maryland.
Here's our analysis of what happened:
They ignored the moderate conservative "experts."
Early on, a pro-family group made an effort to pull all the Maryland
groups into a "coalition" under a unified leadership. They would dictate
strategy. They also insisted that the pro-marriage message be tightly
controlled, that it be "moderate" and not anti-gay or otherwise "fringe"
sounding, be calm and not too emotional, and that they decide who
testifies at the marriage hearings, and what the testimony would be.
That's what happened in Massachusetts in 2005-2007 and it led to a huge
On our MassResistance conference calls
we advised Maryland activists to ignore that -- and act independently
with their own messages, and be as emotional and outspoken as they feel
appropriate. Luckily eventually everyone did that and the coalition
effectively fell apart. It was the best thing that could have happened.
Groups from everywhere became active.
People across the state formed their own groups, and worked with other
groups, informally interacting with each other. They crafted their own
messages and lobbied in their own ways.
It worked great. The opposition didn't know what to make of it.
Here's what one great student group did.
Key activists worked
Certain activists worked tirelessly,
almost continuously, and got a huge amount of valuable work done.
Unrestrained by a controlling
"coalition," they were able to be very creative and innovative. We
helped them the best we could by supplying them with materials.
Outstanding leadership from politicians.
A few politicians really stepped up to the plate. In particular,
Delegate Don Dwyer really took ownership of the lobbying effort in
the House and worked closely with activists. Del Dwyer was the pulse of
where people were, what was happening and who was doing it in the House.
Activists told us that he was an amazing leader, and it couldn't have
happened without him. They wish they'd had someone like him in the Maryland
Senate. We wish we had a few of him in Massachusetts.
The churches got
involved in a major way.
At first the churches seemed like they
were going to sit it out, or just give lip service. But then after the
Senate passed the bill, they exploded onto the scene: Catholics,
evangelicals, black churches, Hispanic churches, and many others. They
put pressure on the House members like no one else could.
Fearless use of
People were willing to use whatever
arguments they felt were most important:
the destructive nature of homosexuality, the horror stories in the
public schools in Massachusetts because of "gay marriage", quotes from
the Bible, health statistics, how children need both parents, religious
freedom, the nature of sin, etc. This "diversity" of forceful arguments
was very effective.
Money was put to
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) paid for hundreds of
thousands of robo-calls across the state, informing and mobilizing
voters in key districts, which were very effective. It was also reported
in the press that NOM was willing to up $1 million to defeat
pro-gay-marriage Republicans around the country who favor same-sex
marriage and assist the campaigns of Democrats who oppose it.
Ex-gay movement came
was very powerful and very important.
Their testimony at the House public hearing and other work
helped debunk the phony "born gay" myth
used by the homosexual lobby, and helped make pro-gay Delegates
re-think their position.
The Republican Party
The State Republican party was on board and kept the legislators from
selling out on this issue. Only one Senator and no House members caved
in to the propaganda and pro-gay lobby pressure. This was important. (It
was a bit of culture shock for us -- in Massachusetts, the party would
probably be working on the pro-gay side.)
Pro-family activists made it a point to tell us they did a lot of
praying, in addition to activism. There were weekly prayer vigils at the
State House and other places. They felt God's presence in this fight,
One lesson that was reinforced
throughout this experience was that legislators are capable of believing the
most outrageous lies and propaganda -- and will act accordingly -- unless
passionately confronted by constituents. Watching Bible-believing
legislators repeat the ridiculous "civil rights" platitudes from the
homosexual lobby was unbelievable.
reasoning often doesn't work at this point. We see that everywhere, not only
in Maryland. Sometimes
the cold water of constituent anger
only effective remedy.
And the pro-family activists delivered that!