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Capitol Report

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Marriage amendment on August ballot

It is now official -- Missouri's marriage amendment will go before a vote of the people in the Aug. 3 primary. This will be a simple majority vote to amend the Missouri Constitution to recognize marriage as between a man and a woman. Hopefully, this will effectively close the door on same-sex marriage in Missouri.

As you may know, there has been some controversy as to whether the governor was placing the amendment on the August or November ballot.

However, the Missouri Supreme Court has now cleared the way for the governor to put the measure on the August ballot. It seems to me that a November vote would have been more appropriate given the larger voter turnout in a general election to settle such an important social issue. But regardless of the timing, Missourians need to reaffirm the importance and values of the traditional family by supporting this amendment.

Some people argue that this amendment is not necessary since Missouri law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman. However, we know from past examples that a few activist judges can throw a monkey wrench into the original intent of the law. Others try to advance the idea that adopting such an amendment is discrimination. The fact is that this issue has nothing to do with discrimination and everything to do with protecting the sanctity of marriage and building a stable family environment.

As I have said before, our founding fathers had no idea that our society would be where it is today with Massachusetts actually allowing same-sex marriage, prayer taken out of public schools, some people complaining about God's name in the Pledge of Allegiance and our fight to protect our unborn children.

Folks, we are where we are and it is time to stand up and defend the family. Once again, it is time to apply the Barney Fife Theory to the issue of same-sex marriage and nip it in the bud on Aug. 3.

You are welcome to contact me at 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 233A, Jefferson City, MO 654101, my toll free number 866-596-1647 or email at Mike.Dethrow@house.mo.gov.