By Gibbons J. Cooney
Special to California Catholic Daily

In 32 out of 32 elections, proponents of same-sex “marriage” have lost at the ballot box. But as the November elections approach, those who would redefine humanity’s most basic institution are throwing unbelievable amounts of money into elections in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. It remains to be seen whether pro-marriage forces will be able to weather the onslaught.

The marriage vote in Maine is called “Question 1.” Question 1 reads: “Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”

According to the Portland Press Herald, as of July 31, financial reports filed with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices show that supporters of the Maine Same-Sex Marriage question had raised nearly 21 times the amount of money raised by opponents. The pro same-sex “marriage” PAC’s, led by Mainers United for Marriage, have raised $1,646,353. Defenders of marriage, led by Protect Marriage Maine, have raised only $77,850.

Maryland’s marriage initiative is called “Question 6,” and is also known as the Same-Sex Marriage Referendum. It is a “veto referendum.”  If passed, Question 6 would repeal the “Civil Marriage Protection Act,” passed by the Maryland legislature in March of 2012, which would permit same-sex “marriage” in the state beginning January 1, 2013.

Maryland’s campaign finance laws do not require the campaigns to publicly disclose the amount of money they have raised or spent until Oct. 12, followed by a second disclosure on Oct. 26, and a final disclosure after the election. Still, there are some indications of the amounts same-sex “marriage” proponents are raising. They have already received $250,000 from the Human Rights Campaign, and on Sept. 13 there will be fundraiser at New York’s James Hotel, attended by many Hollywood celebrities, with tickets as high as $25,000. The defenders of marriage are the Maryland Marriage Alliance.

In Minnesota, marriage defenders want to amend the state’s constitution. The referendum reads: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?” On June 19, the Associated Press reported that the main group promoting same-sex “marriage,” Minnesotans United for All Families, had raised $4.6 million, more than triple the $1.4 million raised by Minnesota for Marriage, the state’s defenders of natural marriage. That three-to-one ratio is actually the closest among the four states, and may be due to the foresight of Archbishop John Nienstadt of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Washington Same-Sex Marriage Referendum, also known as Referendum 74, is, as in Maryland, a “veto referendum.” Referendum 74 gives voters a “yes” or “no” choice on ratifying Senate Bill 6239, which legalized same-sex “marriage” and thus redefined marriage in Washington. SB 6239 passed on Feb. 19. A “yes” vote allows the redefinition of marriage to stand, a “no” vote repeals SB 6239, and restores the true definition of marriage to Washington law.

On July 27, The Associated Press reported that founder Jeff Bezos had contributed $2.5 million in support of same-sex “marriage.” He thus joined Microsoft bigshots Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, who have already given $100,000 each. The most recent figures from the state’s Public Disclosure Commission show that the various pro same-sex “marriage” groups have raised $6,798,330. That dwarfs the $471,102 raised by the sole group supporting true marriage, Preserve Marriage Washington — a more than 14 to one differential.

Despite the massive expenditure differential all races are polling closely. Historically, support for true marriage is higher in the privacy of the voting booth than it is when speaking with pollsters, due to the counterproductive habit of some same-sex “marriage” advocates of labeling those who disagree with them as bigots.

This point was underscored in a June 20 article in the homosexualist Washington Blade: “California voters approved Proposition 8 by a margin of 52 to 48 percent following polling numbers showing the marriage equality side was ahead. Polls showed that Maine’s same-sex marriage law would survive the referendum vote shortly before voters rejected the law by a margin of 53 to 47 percent.”

The Blade quoted Andy Szekeres, a fundraiser hired by Equality Maryland: “‘We lose these things 52 to 48 percent across the country,’ said Szekeres. ‘I’ve been at these things and our polling showed we were much higher in Maine [in 2009] than we were. People lie to pollsters. They don’t want to be bigots to the pollsters but they are when they go vote.’”

In 2008, California’ bishops strongly encouraged Catholics to support Proposition 8 both financially and with volunteer efforts. To learn more about the four elections this November in other states or to donate to those campaigns, visit: