James Dobson on CNN
At lunch yesterday, I was perusing CNN.com to see their latest headlines. Right up top on the main page, they featured a link to a commentary by James Dobson, of "SpongeBob" and Focus on the Family fame.
Dobson complains that the media provided "cover" to U.S. Senators who opposed the federal constitutional ban by making it seem like this issue wasn't a top priority for most Americans:
Let's examine the claim that traditional marriage lacks support in the court of public opinion. As it always does when conservative issues are being debated, the liberal press produced a series of trumped-up polls indicating the issue was of no interest nationally. However, there was another "poll" that the media completely ignored. In fact, there were 19 of them. They represented the 19 states in which voters overwhelmingly defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.He goes on to provide the percentage of "yes" and "no" votes in each of the 19 states:
Not one state has chosen by popular vote to permit marriages between homosexuals. Support for the family has been affirmed in every instance.
Dobson's analysis is faulty. The reason these measures ended up on the ballots in so many states has more to do with a top-down political strategy than public desire to see this issue made a priority. But his commentary crystallizes the importance of defeating the ban in Wisconsin.
In Mississippi, traditional marriage was approved by a whopping 86 percent majority. Other state votes registered similar wide margins: Nevada (70 percent), Arkansas (75 percent), Georgia (77 percent), Kentucky (75 percent), Louisiana (78 percent), Nebraska (70 percent), Missouri (71 percent), Montana (66 percent), North Dakota (73 percent), Ohio (62 percent), Michigan (59 percent), Oklahoma (76 percent), Utah (66 percent), Kansas (70 percent) and Texas (75 percent). Even states considered to be more liberal voted for traditional marriage, including Hawaii (69 percent), Alaska (68 percent) and Oregon (57 percent).Indeed, on the day before 48 senators bailed on marriage, a 20th state voted on its own constitutional amendment. It was Alabama, which supported traditional marriage by 81 percent to 19 percent!
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