© 2006 J. Matt Barber
You can put a pig in a mini-skirt,
high heals and lipstick and call him Angelina Jolie, but he's still a
pig just the same. That's just what pro-homosexual activists are
trying to do this election season in
On Nov. 7, Coloradans will vote on
What is Referendum I? Well, opponents
say that it's a clear attempt by homosexual activists to circumvent
Proponents claim that the referendum
doesn't codify "gay marriage," but rather, simply grants
certain legal protections to homosexual couples that they cannot
So, who's lying?
One can derive the answer by looking
at the unequivocal language of the referendum itself: The Colorado
Legislative Council's "Blue Book" analysis of the ballot
initiative states that Referendum I "creates a new legal
relationship, called a domestic partnership, providing same-sex
couples the opportunity to obtain the legal protections and
responsibilities granted to married couples by
So the verdict's in, and the jury
wasn't out long – guilty as charged. "Domestic
Partnerships" as defined under Referendum I, are very simply
"gay marriages" by another name.
So, why all the fuss?
We've all heard the old adage
"give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile." Well, in this
case, If Coloradans pass Referendum I, it will be the first time that
"domestic partnerships" will have been approved by the
voters of a state, and it will require thousands of changes to
existing Colorado state law, at a high cost to the taxpayer.
Under these circumstances, that old
"give 'em an inch" adage will be inverted.
We've seen it time and time again.
Liberal activist courts are all too happy to accommodate the very
vocal and very motivated homosexual lobby. If Referendum I passes,
then in very short order the courts, under the guise of equal
protection under the law, will require that the term
"marriage" be included among the "benefits,
protections, and responsibilities" now afforded to "domestic
partners." And what difference does it really make? What's in a
word (marriage), when one already enjoys the substance of what that
That's the strategy, folks. And
voters in other states need to sit up and take notice.
If "Domestic Partnerships"
are legalized via ballot initiative in Colorado (a traditionally red
state), then it's guaranteed that the homosexual lobby will eagerly
fan the flames of pseudo-tolerance, until similar initiatives have
spread like wildfire and are placed on the ballot in every single
state in the union.
Don't be fooled by the homosexual
lobby's benign language and incessant use of their favorite straw man
– equality. Homosexuals can easily obtain all the legal protections
they claim to seek through various legal instruments such as a living
will, power of attorney and other contractual relationships.
No, the agenda is unfortunately much
more sinister than that. It seeks not only to blur the lines between
male and female, "gay" and straight; but desperately seeks
to obliterate all distinctions between male and female,
"gay" and straight. It seeks to entirely undermine, if not
destroy, traditional notions of marriage and family.
marriage" – whether it's called "same-sex marriage,"
"civil unions" or "domestic partnerships" – is
counterfeit marriage. It will never be true marriage. Homosexual
activists know this in their heart of hearts. But if the law of the
land recognizes "homosexual marriage" as equal to legitimate
marriage, then by default, marriage is rendered pointless. If
everything is marriage, than nothing is marriage at all.
This is the mission underlying
It's up to the voters of
Matt Barber is the Corporate Outreach Director for Americans
for Truth, and a conservative, pro-family political strategist.
A former undefeated professional Boxer, Matt now fights his battles
in the ring of culture and policy. He
holds both a law degree and a Master of Arts in public policy from