Friday, November 10, 2006

Tennessee Marriage Amendment

One good thing that did happen this past Tuesday was the adoption of a constitutional amendment in the State of Tennessee that clarified that we will only recognize a marriage as being between a man and a woman. The Tennessean had an article in today's edition pointing out the fact that two-thirds of the people who voted for the amendment also voted for the republican candidate, Bob Corker. It probably put Corker over-the-top in this senate race.

A similar amendment was on the ballot in seven other states and I believe it passed everywhere except Arizona. I'm not exactly sure why it failed there. I haven't researched the language in the proposed amendment or the history of the vote although it was very close.

I was somewhat surprised that voters in South Dakota rejected a ban on abortion. The state legislature had previously enacted legislation creating the ban and the voters overturned the legislation. It was thought that this S.D. law would make it to the supreme court as a test case to overturning Roe v. Wade. That won't happen now and although the law was the most restrictive one ever passed by a state legislature, I think even some pro-life S.D. residents voted against the law because it still allowed for some abortions. It was an interesting dynamic that people on both sides of the abortion issue opposed this law.

The political battles involving a Christian worldview continue. We'll see where these issues of traditional marriage and abortion go from here.

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