Christian citizens in Massachusetts have defeated the efforts of political insiders to bury a resolution to remove from office the four judges who imposed homosexual "marriage" on their state.
As recently as the last week in June, the majority leader of the state House of Representatives told a Boston homosexual newspaper that he'd succeeded in killing the bill in committee.
Now, thanks to hard work by the citizens, the bill has been released from the rules committee, reclassified as a resolution, and could come up for a vote any day.
"This is crunch time," said Brian Camenker, head of the Article 8 Alliance, a grassroots group founded to fight "gay marriage."
The measure in question is a bill of address, which would remove the four Supreme Judicial Court judges by a majority vote in both houses of the legislature and Gov. Mitt Romney's signature. The Article 8 Alliance, Massachusetts Citizens for Marriage, and others have been mobilizing citizens to contact their representatives and demand the judges' removal.
"We are not going to go away," Camenker said. "If they don't pass the bill the first time, we'll stay on their backs until they do."
It's an open-and-shut case against Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, he said. In violation of state law, she made public appearances and speeches in favor of homosexual "marriage," going so far as to tell the attorney for the homosexual plaintiffs that "she would win" before her lawsuit was even filed.1 The three judges who voted with her, Camenker added, are also guilty of pre-judging the case according to political bias.
Camenker called the rules committee "a sordid pit" whose machinations culminated in "a sleazy secret meeting and a secret vote … counted by the chairman's chief of staff [who later claimed he wasn't even there!] to be a 7–7 tie."
"It's now, mysteriously, back to a resolution," he said. "At this point, the bill of address could go to the House floor at any time."
The vote could come as early as this week, although J. Edward Pawlick of Massachusetts News said the bill's opponents will try to delay it for as long as possible. Pawlick's wife, Sally, is president of Massachusetts Citizens for Marriage.
"Every single representative needs to be 'educated' or 'communicated with' or whatever it takes," Camenker said. "They need to be called every day. They need to be met with by you. Every vote needs to be counted. Do not take no for an answer."
When Sally Pawlick met with individual legislators last week, her husband said, most claimed they "still didn't know" that Marshall "had decided the 'gay marriage' case before it was ever filed" in 2001.
Article 8 has published the home phone numbers of representatives on its website and literature. Out-of-state calls are welcome, too, Camenker said.
Meanwhile, the fight over homosexual "marriage" in Massachusetts continues to escalate.
"The money flowing into Massachusetts from homosexual circles around the world is staggering," Edward Pawlick said.
"The gays have no trouble pulling in money whenever they need it," Camenker said. "Who knows where it's coming from?"
Organized crime, prostitution, and drugs, Pawlick suggested.
Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, draws a taxpayer-funded salary as a "consultant" to the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
"She meets every rep all the time. Every day," Camenker said. "She doesn't just pass stuff out. She looks them in the eye, day after day, and spoon-feeds them the propaganda. And after a while, a lot of them believe it."
But the citizens' groups, who months ago couldn't get representatives to take their phone calls, plan to continue the fight.
"They seem to think they can wear us down — that we'll give up and just accept the illegitimate court decision," Camenker said. "Well, not this time!"
1. For details, see the Article 8 Alliance website, article8.org, or massnews.com/2004_editions/06_june/062804_lawyers_shame_on_you.htm.
- Lee Duigon
Lee is the author of the Bell Mountain Series of novels and a contributing editor for our Faith for All of Life magazine. Lee provides commentary on cultural trends and relevant issues to Christians, along with providing cogent book and media reviews.
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