Outside View: Vigorous defense of marriage

By PAUL M. WEYRICH, A UPI Outside View commentary

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Even before Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, I was involved in the Pro-Life, Pro-Family movement. As early as the mid 60's many of us realized traditional values were in mortal peril. But even considering the enthusiasm with which the Pro-Family movement grew in the 70's and 80's, I have not seen anything that has energized the Pro-Family movement as much as it is now over Defense of Marriage.

It is difficult to pass a constitutional amendment, but I am convinced that the sentiment is so strong and so deep on this issue that it will be possible to pass such an amendment.


The opponents of the amendment are likely chortling over their belief that they have enough votes to prevent the amendment from passing in both the House and Senate -- because it will require a two-thirds vote to pass. But they have never seen the Pro-Family movement operate when it is united.

When senators have to choose between the vast majority and a very narrow group of constituents -- albeit organized, well-funded and powerful -- they will choose the majority of constituents in their states.


We have virtually all denominations that profess they are part of the Christian Church involved; we have important Jewish members as well as secular conservatives; we have African-Americans and Hispanics -- who have not generally been interested in our efforts -- galvanized on this issue.

The Congress will see that the intensity on this issue is unlike anything that they have seen in many years.

Neither group should be counting their votes just yet. It is too early to predict the results of such an important and high-spirited effort. No one can predict the outcome at this point. I am very pleased with our results so far and I am confident that we are ready to face the challenge. I believe that our side is poised to win.

-- Paul M. Weyrich is head of the Free Congress Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank.

-- United Press International's "Outside View" commentaries are written by outside contributors who specialize in a variety of important issues.

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