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married In a June 15 press release, national LGBT-rights group The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF) called upon the worldwide gay-lesbian-other community to immediately cease attacking Carrie Prejean, the People’s Miss California USA.

The ESF, a grassroots San Diego, Calif. organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender normalcy, issued the alert amidst a growing worldwide backlash against homosexual activists like Perez Hilton, Keith Lewis, and others who have repeatedly used intimidation, threats, firings, and attacks on the Prejean family to advance gay rights.

“Demeaning Carrie Prejean or others by using terms such as bigot will not advance our cause of civil rights and social justice,” said A. Latham Staples, executive director of the Empowering Spirits Foundation. “We must not marginalize someone just because they believe differently, as this is the very respect in differing opinion we are asking for from them.”

The ESF’s call for a retreat from demeaning others is, in the minds of many, continued proof that the LGBT movement has been severely damaged by its gay bullying tactics and smear campaigns aimed at Prejean, a fan-favorite beauty queen who continues to rally people of good will everywhere to her cause for traditional marriage.

Unlike the Perez Hiltons of the world, the ESF correctly understands that American citizens like Prejean have the right to express opinions without fear of reprisals and punishment. The organization expressed hope that “both sides can engage in respectful dialogue and come to see similarities rather than differences.”

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recentnewsA recent Gallup Poll reports that the American public is rejecting gay marriage and rallying to traditional marriage.

The percentage of Americans who do not want same-sex marriage to become law rose from 53 percent to 57 percent since 2007.  The percentage of those who favor gay marriage dropped from 46 percent to 40 percent over the same period. The move represents a  reversal of pro-gay-marriage sentiment, which began to appear in the late 1990s.

Observers say various events may be responsible for the changing tide. From the overreaching judicial imposition of gay marriage upon the traditional marriage state of Iowa, to the ongoing public relations attack on beauty queen Carrie Prejean led by blogger Perez Hilton (and more recently by Keith Lewis at Miss USA’s K2 Productions), gay bullying tactics and aggression are backfiring everywhere, causing rapid erosion of public support for same sex marriage. 

Which brings us to our popular Weekend Poll Question:

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prejeanwalkCarrie Prejean has left the pageant world to pursue new opportunities, including a potentially huge book deal.

Less than a month after receiving her crown as Miss California, the San Diego beauty and pro-marriage spokesmodel has reportedly broken her contract with K2 Productions, the independent producers of the Miss California USA pageant who demanded that Prejean appear in Playboy and also in the reality series “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” 

According to one news report, Prejean was constrained by the pageant contract and continued to pursue outside opportunities beyond the zesty, sexist roles K2 assigned to Miss California. The press release from K2 confirmed that the organization fired her for failing to comply with contract demands: “This was a decision based solely on contract violations,” said Keith Lewis, executive director of K2 Productions.

In an interview with TMZ, the Miss USA runner-up noted that the pressure from Keith Lewis of K2 Productions was blatantly political: “What’s behind this, I think, is a political debate. They don’t agree with the stance that I took [on gay marriage and Prop 8]…. From day one they wanted me out, and they got what they wanted.”

Now that the much rumored break is final, Prejean is free to write books and take on other lucrative opportunities unaffiliated with the pageant, such as working with FOX News, which Prejean guest hosted in recent weeks.

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marriagephotoThe adage “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind for this installment of Marriage Month in Review, our monthly look back at the events and people who shaped the outlook for marriage and family in America.

First the April showers. On April 3, a Category 5 judicial hurricane devastated Iowa citizens when a handful of State Supreme Court justices imposed unnatural marriage law upon the people against their will, striking down the state’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act and denying Iowans the right  to determine their own laws. The move set the people of Iowa scrambling to correct the judicial overreach, and citizen groups affirmed they will reinstate traditional marriage via a constitutional amendment as early as 2011.

As we near the end of another month, “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind in the latest installment of This Month in Marriage News.
Despite setbacks from a month ago–chief among them, the imposition of gay marriage upon a vastly opposed Iowan citizenry  by activist judges–May has given the American family many reasons to cheer. A quick review of important headlines reveals that the marriage movement has picked up steam and has discovered a roadmap to rebuilding marriage and family after decades of legal and cultural deterioration. Here’s a look at some of the more sensational headlines, with a brief reflection on what it means to the future of American life:
California Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Gay Marriage 
Highlight quote: The ruling Tuesday by California’s Supreme Court upholding a ban on same-sex marriages shows that…the road toward full marriage rights remains difficult — particularly when voters are given a direct say”
Setback to Gay Marriage in New Hampshire
The state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected changes that Gov. John Lynch had ordered for the same-sex marriage bill…The vote made the bill’s survival less certain.
“Prejean Praised by The Donald, Hailed as Queen Esther
Trump, Obama, Miss California Share Opposition to Same Sex Marriage
Miss California Keeps Title
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/us/13beauty.htmlMiss California keeps her crown, and her opinions
Melissa Etheridge in limbo after gay marriage ruling
Shanna Moakler quits as Miss Calif. USAAs we near the end of another month, “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind in the latest installment of This Month in Marriage News.
Despite setbacks from a month ago–chief among them, the imposition of gay marriage upon a vastly opposed Iowan citizenry  by activist judges–May has given the American family many reasons to cheer. A quick review of important headlines reveals that the marriage movement has picked up steam and has discovered a roadmap to rebuilding marriage and family after decades of legal and cultural deterioration. Here’s a look at some of the more sensational headlines, with a brief reflection on what it means to the future of American life:
California Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Gay Marriage 
Highlight quote: The ruling Tuesday by California’s Supreme Court upholding a ban on same-sex marriages shows that…the road toward full marriage rights remains difficult — particularly when voters are given a direct say”
Setback to Gay Marriage in New Hampshire
The state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected changes that Gov. John Lynch had ordered for the same-sex marriage bill…The vote made the bill’s survival less certain.
“Prejean Praised by The Donald, Hailed as Queen Esther
Trump, Obama, Miss California Share Opposition to Same Sex Marriage
Miss California Keeps Title
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/us/13beauty.htmlMiss California keeps her crown, and her opinions
Melissa Etheridge in limbo after gay marriage ruling
Shanna Moakler quits as Miss Calif. USA director 

But if April gave citizens reason to worry over the fate of families stripped of vital legal protections, May offered Americans a slew of reasons to cheer.  A review of the month’s top headlines reveals that the national marriage movement picked up steam and confirmed a state-by-state roadmap to rebuilding marriage after decades of legal and cultural deterioration.

Here’s a look at headlines that made an impact on marriage this past month:

Stay tuned for June’s Marriage Month in Review.

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