Below is a (slightly edited) e-mail we sent to our members yesterday.

In just a few weeks same-sex couples from Connecticut may be getting “married” in Massachusetts, if our neighboring state repeals a law respecting the marriage definition of other states.

In Connecticut, these “marriages” will have no effect. Thanks to the Family Institute of Connecticut, a bill to force legal recognition of out-of-state same-sex “marriages” was effectively defeated earlier this year. (Notably, we “killed” the bill in the judiciary committee—our first victory in five years inside a committee co-chaired by two openly homosexual pro same-sex “marriage” legislators!)

And this was not the first time an FIC victory prevented out-of-state marriage mischief. Two years ago a Rhode Island court ruled that the law preventing residents of other states from contracting same-sex “marriages” in Massachusetts only applies to states that have not explicitly defined marriage as between a man and a woman. FIC’s success in passing the 2005 definition of marriage amendment rendered the Rhode Island ruling useless to Connecticut’s anti-family activists.

FIC will continue the fight to prevent other states from redefining marriage in Connecticut if California voters fail to overturn their state’s judicial imposition of same-sex “marriage.” But, even if our pro-family friends win in California and stop the latest attack in Massachusetts, marriage in the United States may still face its greatest threat yet—from our own State of Connecticut!

Right now all eyes are on California, where voters will hopefully exercise their right to overturn their state Supreme Court. But any day now the Connecticut Supreme Court may also impose same-sex “marriage” by judicial fiat.

This means that even if California residents vote to protect marriage on Election Day, all the attacks on the family and religious liberty that we hoped to prevent will still happen because of Connecticut!

Just imagine it. You wake up the morning after Election Day, reach for the newspaper and learn, much to your relief, that California voters have overturned their high court and restored the proper definition of marriage. Then you turn on the television news only to discover that Connecticut’s Supreme Court has imposed the same pro same-sex “marriage” diktat that was just reversed in California.

This is the scenario we must all keep in mind in the coming months: we do not want to win this battle in California only to lose it in our own backyard!

In Connecticut—unlike Massachusetts—there is no law that would stop same-sex “marriage” at the state border. In Connecticut—unlike California—there is no law that would allow residents a direct vote to overturn our state Supreme Court.

If we win the marriage battle elsewhere but lose in Connecticut, it means our own state will become the vehicle through which out-of-state activists launch an all-out national assault on marriage and religious liberty. Same-sex couples from the other 48 states will come to Connecticut, contract a “marriage” and return to their own states where they will file federal lawsuits demanding judicial redefinitions of marriage.

In California same-sex couples may already be doing this, but they know their time is running out. In Connecticut, however, a ruling for same-sex “marriage” would give our opponents an endless amount of time to devise all sorts of ways of using our state to redefine marriage across the nation.

And that is why we must win in Connecticut. This November 4th Connecticut voters will have the opportunity to vote “yes” for a constitutional convention—an opportunity that will not happen again for twenty years. Getting a constitutional convention to approve a direct initiative law—the kind of law being put to good use by our friends in California—is very likely the only chance we will have to reverse a Connecticut Supreme Court-ordered imposition of same-sex “marriage.”

In our next few FIC e-mail alerts we will tell you about a number of upcoming events that must be successful if we are to have any hope of victory. It will take prayers, volunteer time and a willingness to reach out to like-minded people in your churches and among your friends and family to make it happen.

But it will also take money. We can do this. We can keep the victories coming. We can protect marriage once and for all in Connecticut. But to do it, we need your support.

In a future e-mail we will also tell you about the incredible financial resources of our opposition. But be not afraid: FIC is outmanned, outgunned and out-financed and yet we continue to experience great victories, thanks to your prayers and financial support. The Lord gives us what we need. And we are deeply grateful to you for being His willing instruments in providing for those needs.

One Response to “Why We Must Win in Connecticut”

  1. on 17 Jul 2008 at 12:37 pmOrlando

    We have in (in Portugal) the same struggle you have in your state. God help us all. If you win in USA, we’ll have here more chances to win too.

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