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"Everything but marriage" is marriage!
Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten 
Dear Friends,

A mounting financial crisis of billions of dollars in deficits is not enough to capture the attention of the leftist democrats in the legislature. They want to remake the nature of marriage too.

The legislature's vast expansion of domestic partnership benefits is deceptively titled "Everything but marriage." "Everything but marriage" is marriage!

The truth is the State Legislature will begin its back door approach tomorrow as it introduces a series of bills that will impose homosexual marriage on Washington State. One such attempt, a 110 page bill (SB 5688), makes sure there is no legal difference between married couples and homosexual couples.

Indeed, New Section 3 (page 5) of the bill explicitly says "the terms spouse, marriage, marital, husband, wife, widow, widower, next of kin, and family shall be interpreted as applying equally to state registered domestic partnerships." How can they say with a straight face that this is everything but marriage when even the word marriage has been seized?


Once the legal difference is erased by the legislature, the word "marriage" will be easily attached to gay relationships by lawsuits.  The lawsuits will slap the real label on what the legislature will have sneakily established.

Apparently the equality imposed in the last session wasn't enough.

The proposed bill will give all marriage-like benefits without the benefit of marriage. The radicals in the legislature apparently feel no burden to show that imposing gay marriage will not harm society or the raising of our children.

I'm sure we will see some fiscal impact to these bills but can they calculate the social and moral impact or the impact upon our children?  They don't know if it will cause the rates of marriage to decline in Washington State with the inherent instability that inevitably results from couples not entering that long-term relationship.

Washington law should uphold marriage, the institution which has benefited society since the beginning of humanity.

God's law is established in the male-female relationship. When the state acts to replace the wisdom of God with the wisdom of the legislature we are headed for an uncertain future.

I appreciate the work that the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) is doing in this area. Please take note of the message below that the FPIW is also sending out this evening to it's list. Perhaps, you will get it twice or more times. Whether you receive it once or multiple times, please be prepared to act in the coming days to help the legislature solve our real problems not invent new ones.

Yours for the Kingdom,

Pastor Joe

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Family Policy Institute of Washington
Legislative Action Alert
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gay Marriage Bill Introduced in State Legislature:

The FPIW Urges Opposition...
 
Late this afternoon, legislation was introduced that would legalize same-sex marriage (SB 5674, HB 1745).  In addition, similar bills that would grant all the rights of marriage to domestic partnerships were also introduced (SB 5688, HB 1727).  This would grant same-sex couples all the benefits of marriage without the term "marriage".

Those who promote traditional marriage won major battles in this last year. The passage of Proposition 8 in California, Proposition 102Amendment 2 in Florida has sent a clear message to our nation that marriage should be valued and honored, not redefined.

Here at the FPIW, we believe that the marriage battle is the defining issue of our time. If the family unit is redefined, we stand to lose the religious freedoms and right of conscience that define our way of life. The purpose of marriage is not to make people feel good about themselves.  We must work together to encourage our legislators not to redefine traditional marriage.     

The Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) is urging those who oppose these efforts to contact their legislators and ask them not to support these bills.   When you do, please make the following points.

1.    We Can't Afford It:  We are facing a budget crisis in the state.  The budget deficit is at least $6 billion and could be much higher.  Expanding marriage rights and benefits to same-sex couples will have a significant fiscal impact that the state cannot afford. Expanding benefits to same-sex couples should not be a priority at a time when funding cuts are being made to essential state services.

2.    Redefining Marriage Creates Bad Precedent: Currently, Washington State law restricts individuals from marrying someone who is 1) a close relative, 2) already married, 3) a minor and 4) of the same gender.  The is no rational reason to grant marriage benefits to same-sex couples but deny those benefits to relationships involving close relatives and people who are already married.

3.     Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Threatens Freedom of Conscience:  If the state chooses to recognize same-sex marriages as equivalent to traditional marriages, organizations and/or individuals whose convictions forbid them from treating homosexual relationships similarly will be forced to abandon their conscience, face lawsuits, or stop living life in accordance with their convictions. This has already happened in Massachusetts as religiously based adoption agencies have been forced to stop serving orphans rather than violate their conscience.  It would be preferable for the government to remain neutral so that same-sex couples can live in peace without preventing those who disagree from living life as they choose.

4.    The Legislation Creates Equivalency, not Equality:  This legislation would not end discrimination in marriage; it would simply elevate same-sex marriage to the level of traditional marriages.  The intellectually honest position would be to eliminate all restrictions on who a person can marry to ensure that no relationship involving consenting adults is discriminated against.

The FPIW believes traditional marriages have a uniquely special value to society.  As such, we believe it is appropriate for government to recognize their unique value.  With respect to the myriad of other lifestyle choices Washingtonians have the freedom to choose, the state should remain completely neutral.  

Remember to forward this email on to friends, family and neighbors so we can alert the state about this dangerous legislation.
 
You can call your legislator today through this special hotline, tell them the Family Policy Institute of WA sent you. 1.800.562.6000  
 
Or email your representative by clicking here.

Thanks so much,
 
Russell Johnson
Director of Governmental Affairs
Family Policy Institute of WA

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Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten is the senior pastor of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington, and he is the former president of Positive Christian Agenda. Currently, Pastor Fuiten serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Policy Institute of Washington, an associate organization of Focus on the Family.