November 5, 2009 | Posted in Current Events | By

A year ago, California voters passed Proposition 8, a measure that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  On Tuesday, 53% of voters in the state of Maine repealed a law passed by their legislature that had legalized same-sex marriage.

To date, 31 states, including Arkansas, have conducted state-wide votes on same-sex marriage.  Voters in every one of those 31 states have affirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  In fact, when the issue has gone to a state-wide vote gay activists have ultimately lost in 31 out of 31 states.  Only when the courts or legislative bodies become involved has same-sex marriage been legalized.  Same-sex marriage has been legalized in five states, and two more states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

In 2004 Arkansas voters passed a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  The measure passed with 75% of the vote.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.