September 25, 2023

The Democrat will tell you up front they want to destroy the foundations of Western Civilization, the “Republicans” do it by stealth, one cave-in and compromise at a time.

A prime example of this stealth undermining of the values and moral foundations of the culture that created what was the world’s greatest civilization is the vote by 12 Republican Senators to advance the Democrats’ bill to redefine marriage to include homosexual relationships and various other sexual partnerships, and to give participants in those activities the legal right to sue those whose sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit them from recognizing the legitimacy of such relationships or sharing in their solemnization.

The 12 alleged Republicans who voted with Democrats to overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold are:

*Roy Blunt of Missouri

*Richard Burr of North Carolina

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Susan Collins of Maine

Joni Ernst of Iowa

Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

*Rob Portman of Ohio

Mitt Romney of Utah

Dan Sullivan of Alaska

Thom Tillis of North Carolina

Todd Young of Indiana

Those with an * beside their name are lame ducks, who retired and did not run in the 2022 midterm election, so there was no political cost to them, only the moral cost of participating in the destruction of our country.

The other nine still apparently see a political future for themselves, or perhaps they haven’t told us that they don’t plan to run again, but if they do plan on running conservatives should relentlessly remind them that they voted to:

  • further exacerbate already-existing attacks on religious liberty due to the legalization of same-sex marriage,

  • give more tools to the radical LGBTQ+ lobby to harass and sue adherents of traditional Judeo-Christian commandments and sacraments,

  • legislatively cement anti-family policies harmful to children,

  • make faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies a greater target for frivolous litigation, curtailing or ending their ability to help children find homes,

  • threaten the tax-exempt status of adoption and foster care agencies and other vitally needed non-profit organizations, whether religious or secular, and

  • tacitly vilify millions of Americans who believe in natural marriage by labeling that belief “sex discrimination,” tantamount to racism.

If anything has been made clear over the past decade, it is that the legitimization of same-sex marriage has not stopped there; it has led to attacks on those who disagree and has spread to other areas of culture. The attacks on parental authority and the denigration of concerned parents at school board meetings are only the latest manifestation of a trend that was accelerated by the legitimization of same-sex marriage.

Is it too late to stop this juggernaut? We hope not.

The bill still has a number of votes and procedural hurdles to overcome in the Senate before it can go back to the House for final passage and an assured signature by Joe Biden.

Two “Republicans” Senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, have joined with Far Left Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Illinois to propose amendments to the original Democrat bill. The Baldwin-Collins-Tillis text would go much further than affirming “the status quo” on same-sex marriage. Senator Mike Lee of Utah has a good amendment that would clarify and codify religious liberty protections, but it doesn’t fix the underlying problems with the bill, such as-private-right-of-action, which is why we think the bill needs to be defeated, not amended.

We urge conservatives to call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to tell those 12 Republican Senators that a vote to redefine marriage, no matter how the bill may be amended, will go much further than Obergefell—it will further threaten religious freedom by undermining the ability of Americans to live out their sincerely-held beliefs.