High turnout results in landslide victory.
Autor: Emma Elliot Fuente: Concerned Women for America

Kansas became the eighteenth state yesterday to incorporate a marriage protection amendment into its constitution, which voters approved by a landslide 70 percent.

Turnout is estimated at 30-35 percent, compared to an average 10-12 percent in other off-year votes.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas worked actively in all stages of the process leading up to the vote. The marriage amendment first had to clear the state Legislature before being placed on the ballot for the people to decide. Members of CWA of Kansas testified before legislative committees in support of the amendment and lobbied their representatives. They encouraged as many people as possible to call their representatives’ offices to express their support for marriage.

CWA of Kansas worked through two legislative sessions to ensure that legislators realized how important this issue was to the state. The marriage amendment failed to pass in the first session.

Last November’s election, however, brought many new pro-family legislators into office. In January, the new legislature swiftly approved the amendment with a two-thirds majority. CWA of Kansas State Director Judy Smith said she had never seen a piece of legislation pass so quickly.

Once the amendment was placed on the ballot, CWA of Kansas formed a coalition with several other pro-family organizations to encourage people to go out and vote to protect marriage.

“The people of Kansas finally got their chance to speak and they have spoken out in favor of traditional marriage. As important as the opportunity to speak is the fact that they did speak out in numbers that belied the pundits’ predictions,” remarked Judy Smith. “They joined the campaign to protect marriage by voting, supporting the campaign with their treasure, placing yard signs, writing letters, praying and in many other ways. Their voices have been heard.”

The battle for marriage continues across the United States. Alabama, South Dakota and Tennessee have votes scheduled for 2006, and legislation has been introduced in 14 other states to put marriage amendments on the ballot, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“God has done a mighty work in protecting the institution of marriage in Kansas,” noted Smith.
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