After last week’s election, the Christian Coalition announced that one of its primary goals for the short-term future was seeing that the 20 states that do not currently ban gays from getting married do so and that those states that do allow marriage put an end to the practice.
Presumably, the first step in that battle will take place in West Virginia. The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is already threatening the Governor that if he doesn’t call a special legislative session to put an amendment on the ballot, he’ll face the wrath of the voters and now the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists has joined the call:
The resolution, adopted at the 38th meeting of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, passed unanimously.
“As citizens of West Virginia, we avail ourselves of the opportunity to affirm the historic, legal, and reasonable definition of marriage by supporting and promoting a marriage amendment to the state constitution,” the resolution states. “… [W]e will strongly encourage Christians throughout West Virginia to engage in the civic process in defense of marriage and in support of the government’s leadership in defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman (Romans 13).”
The resolution commits to praying regularly for the governor, legislators and judges. It also makes it clear that West Virginia Southern Baptists believe “same-sex unions are not the same as opposite-sex couples.”
“[T]o believe otherwise is to ignore the uniqueness of each gender’s design and undermines marriage (Genesis 2:18),” the resolution reads. “The break down or weakening of the institution of marriage has devastating moral, spiritual, economic, and social effects on the whole of society. Marriage protects children by giving them an opportunity to grow up in the ideal environment: with a married mom and dad. Knowingly depriving children of that opportunity exposes our children to a great social experiment that is in no one’s best interest.”
As the Baptist Press article “West Virginia does not have a petition process allowing citizens to gather signatures and place a constitutional amendment on the ballot” so any such amendment must first pass through the state House and Senate, both of which are controlled by Democrats. But seeing as passing anti-gay amendments seems to be the only thing the Right has been having any success with in recent years, it is probably safe to assume that West Virginia leaders are going to be coming under increasing pressure to put one on the ballot there as well.