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In my work in Washington State, I get press releases a lot. These are the press releases from John "the rape thing" Koster and Preserve Marriage Washington, trying to get their heads around what just happened. The shock (and bitterness) is palpable. Read below the fold (boldface is mine):

From Koster:

I write you this evening to humbly thank you for your loyal support for my campaign during the past year. As you know, we stood together and absorbed my opponent's punishing multi-million dollar attack ads; and in the end, we were outspent more than 5 - 1, yet our "people powered" grassroots efforts allowed us to stay on our feet and go toe to toe, and to contend for the win right up to the final moments of the campaign.

Sadly, and for reasons untold, neither the National Republican Congressional Committee nor the Washington State Republican Party stepped up to provide us with anything more than token support. To be frank, we were on our own, yet thanks to people such as you, we nearly overcame the odds. For this reason, I could not be prouder of my campaign team and the great people of Washington's 1st Congressional District.

With more than 50% of the votes counted so far, we have not conceded yet, but remain substantially behind at 53.33% - 46.67 %.  At this point, it would take at least a minor miracle in the final vote tallies for us to come from behind to win. I have discussed the situation with my team and it is my current plan to call Suzan DelBene on Friday to concede the race and congratulate her on winning the congressional seat.

Like many Americans, I am stunned at the tough night so many on the conservative side had around the country on Tuesday, and that Barack Obama was re-elected as President. Sean Hannity remarked yesterday that he wondered if the "allure and appeal of socialism and redistribution of wealth has taken hold."

I hope he is wrong.

I am equally stunned that we have legalized marijuana right here in our home state of Washington; and if the slim margin favoring the pro Referendum-74 vote holds up, we will have legalized same-sex marriages as well.

It seems obvious to me that we have swung wildly in the wrong political direction and that we are now at a point where our society WILL suffer the consequences inherent with bad law and liberal representation.

Ben Franklin challenged future generations of Americans when he said "we have given you a Republic if you can keep it". To heed Franklin's wise words, it will be important in the coming days that each and every one of us continues to do our part in defending the Republic - as we are likely in for some difficult times!

We must, however, keep the faith and keep our chins up. We must dig down deep and continue the battle for truth wherever possible, working to defend our values and way of life through our community involvement, church outreach, clubs and social gatherings. We must remain in the battle if we intend to win the war.

Hard as it may be at this moment, we must also pray for our leaders at all levels of government as we are commanded in the Holy Scriptures. Pray that they would govern with honesty and integrity; that they would understand and implement justice through constitutional law as endowed by our Creator.  

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior..." -1 Timothy 2:1-3

Again, I humbly thank you for your loyal support as well as your continued friendship. It has been an honor to have run for the United States Congress intent on representing people such as you. May God continue to bless this great nation and may we as a people remain worthy of those blessings for many generations to come.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

John Koster

Joseph Backholm, Chairman of Preserve Marriage Washington, released the following statement today:

“With added results showing that we have not closed the gap, it now appears clear that Referendum 74 will be narrowly approved. We are disappointed in losing a tough election battle on marriage by a narrow margin. But while we are disappointed, we are not defeated. We are fighting for a cause that is true, and beautiful, and right—the sacred institution of marriage. It’s a cause worth fighting for, and we will continue to educate citizens and policymakers on the timeless truth that real marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

We knew this was not going to be an easy fight. Washington is a deep blue state and one of the most secular states in the country. Washington has a very high percentage of voters who never attend church, and polling showed that 80 percent of unchurched voters approved of Referendum 74. On top of that, our opponents had a giant financial advantage, outspending us by $10 million, so the odds became even more difficult. Plus, we were fighting Washington’s political establishment and news media—with The Seattle Times taking the unprecedented step of not just endorsing the referendum, but of actively campaigning for its approval. Nevertheless, we ran a strong campaign that we can be proud of—a campaign based on honesty and integrity.

Our opponents and some in the media will try to portray this election as a turning point, but it’s not a turning point to win on your home turf. The election results reflect the political and funding advantages our opponents enjoyed in this very liberal and secular state. The results show only that in a deep blue state, with a huge financial advantage, gay marriage activists can win—barely. Further, the results indicate that a significant percentage of Washington voters are troubled by redefining marriage. Washingtonians know that women and men are not interchangeable—that children need both a mother and a father—and this election does not represent a sea change in their understanding of that reality.

We are grateful for the support of tens of thousands of volunteers who stood for the timeless truth that real marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Preserve Marriage Washington is a coalition of community and faith groups and hundreds of thousands of citizens who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman. For more information, visit www.PreserveMarriageWashington.com.

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  •  Unfortunately... (5+ / 0-)

    Koster and Backholm, and their followers, and the folks at NOM and AFA and the people who opposed us in other states this year (and who continue to fight us in the courts) will learn nothing from the experience of having been outvoted.

    It's sad to think they are so utterly lacking in compassion, so utterly incapable of understanding that there is a difference between civil marriage and a religious ceremony and that it the former and only the former, that any of us have been fighting to obtain access to.

    They are utterly incapable of comprehending any viewpoint other than their own narrow one. And that's sad as well. I don't believe most of the anti-equality crowd are bad people, though certainly many of the people who write them big checks (or who ask for those checks) and who profess to lead them have motives which are, to be frank, pecuniary rather than altruistic.

    It's sad that the majority of the folks who oppose our rights aren't capable of accepting those whose life experiences are different from their own.

    But we cannot and should not allow the laws which govern ALL of us to be determined by such people, nor should we allow those others to deprive us of the simple and basic right to be who we are and to love who we love.

    •  I wish that marriage here in the US worked like th (4+ / 0-)
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      WisePiper, laurak, Cassandra Waites, sfbob

      1. Civil marriage is the US official marriage. It is the one used for taxes, for illness, for inheritance, etc.
      It is not performed in any church, and has no religious affiliation.

      2. The religious marriage ceremony is only official in the church attended by the people 'married' in that church. It has no secular effect whatsoever. The church can accept or refuse to marry people, as they desire.

      That would take religion completely out of the official government equation.

      Religion-based hospitals would be the only ones affected by this. They would have to accept the civil marriage for end-of-life and emergency situations, unless they take as patients only the members of their own church. If they accept all, then they accept the civil marriage for that type of case.

      •  This is how marriage actually does work here (0+ / 0-)

        It deviates from your description only to the extent that CIVIL law currently permits members of the clergy to act as an extension of CIVIL authority. And it is, in fact, the ONLY respect in which members of the clergy act as an extension of civil authority. The fact that the clergy sometimes forgets or misunderstands this should be their problem, not ours.

        •  That extension of authority is what makes it (0+ / 0-)

          NOT work like my description here.

          And that is exactly why I want them out of it.

          The church marriages should NOT be an extension of civil authority. They should be completely and totally separate.

          Right now, church marriages have the same effect as civil marriages. They should not. They should be effective only to their parishioners and in their churches.

          Not meaning to rant at you, but this is one of my hot buttons. If churches are tax-free and separate, then they bloody well should be in all ways.

          If marriages performed in churches had no civil effect, then it would be much better, IMO.

          •  Overall I'm inclined to agree with you (0+ / 0-)

            Religious ceremonies should, ideally, be just that...ceremonies.

            I would however be just as happy if members of the clergy were to understand that, when they act on behalf of civil authorities to solemnize a marriage, they are doing so not in their capacity as clergy but in the same capacity as any other adult would, were he or she given the authority to do so (such as, for example, a justice of the peace or a county clerk). They just happen to be dressed differently...in some cases though not in all. There are in fact many members of the clergy who completely understand this distinction. The problem is not that we allow clergy to be deputized to perform civil marriages, it's that the ones who willfully misconstrue their role are the ones who appear to have garnered excessive influence.

            •  Agreed up to a point. (0+ / 0-)

              But unfortunately, the only way I can see to stop that excessive influence by the minority is to take the religious influence out of it completely.

              It's too bad, but in this type of case, necessary, I think. There are too many religions with too many people in them who want to push their own religious beliefs on everyone, including those who do not practice their religion.

              Perhaps if a religious ceremony were performed, and then the newly married couple simply takes those marriage lines to the county clerk/JP, and register it for the civil rights.

              I do agree that not all religious people/religions are hard-line like that; many are very good, open people.

  •  Money? (3+ / 0-)
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    ssgbryan, grover, Cassandra Waites

    How do people think that money is a factor, that media ads can change people's thoughts and beliefs about any social justice issue.

    Staying inside the bubble you live within vs. having real experience with a diverse population is always going to have more influence upon a person than a million dollars of campaign ads.  

    Dreams must be heeded and accepted, for a great many of them come true. ~ Paracelsus

    by page394 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:58:06 PM PST

  •  I usually hate to make people feel bad (2+ / 0-)

    One reason I have always hated grading (of course, that makes others feel great!).  But I am, actually, glad my financial support of WA1 Democratic candidates like Darcy Burner and Suzan DelBene made bigots like Koster feel bad. If you didn't try to impose your beliefs on me, then you wouldn't have grounds to feel bad when I reject your beliefs and along with others, throw you out of office or elect someone opposed to your bigotry.  It's hard for me to feel bad that the slave masters of the South lost their slaves after the Civil War. It's hard for me to feel bad about the lynchers losing their "right" to hang African Americans without trial.  It's hard for me to feel bad anti-choice ignoramuses can't force women back to the coat hanger and often, death or damage to their bodies.  It's hard for me to feel bad Bible bashers can't take away my right to think and believe freely as they once did--to the point of inquisitions and burning non-believers at the stake.  And I can't feel bad your "war on drugs" will no longer have combat armed cops busting down my door in mistake because some idiot reported they smelled marijuana, or locking up my kids for experimenting with a marijuana cigarette and ruining their whole lives.  And if you feel bad that I opposed you on these things, my only bad feeling is that you even have a right to vote to do many of these things, or vote to come as close as you can to those dark and evil practices, again.  So let me send an insincere "I apologize if you're offended" by my remarks apology your way, Mr. Koster.  You can practice your bigotry on yourself, by yourself, all you want.  Just leave the rest of us alone.

    America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

    by monkeybrainpolitics on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:32:48 AM PST

  •  As a married person who lived in WA1 for years, (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites

    Still pays taxes there, and still belongs to a church there, I am thrilled to see how unhappy these bigots are.

    Funny that Koster thinks WA citizens don't approve of all these progressive ideas, and yet the marriage bigots say that WA is a deeply blue state.

    They're so inside the bubble they're created for themselves: they literally each create the spin that makes each of them feel better, even if others on their side are saying the exact opposite thing.

    If they ever had to come out, reality would blind them.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:51:32 AM PST

  •  There's a new approach available to working (1+ / 0-)
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    on these folks now: get them stoned and see if they mellow out and become more tolerant.

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