Anti-marriage proponents are continuing to not accept that they lost big in the last election, and are still stating that they will be persecuted en masse now. In Washington, Family Policy Institute of Washington spokesman Joseph Backholm, talking to Christian websites, took comfort in the fact that marriage inequality came within four percentage points of winning.
Of course, he blames the money advantage. Backholm stated “It was a race where we were outspent by $10 million-plus dollars. And when you’re outspent by a factor of five- or six-to-one in a race this close, that makes a huge difference.” Still, Backholm was defiant and stated “regardless of what people want reality to be, marriage is always going to be a relationship between a man and a woman.”
Of course, Backholm warned that “The struggle that we’re going to be confronting now is how much legal trouble is that proposition going to create for people who share our conviction about this issue, and how challenging is it going to be to engage in the public square.” Backholm looked at how businesses pushing their bigotry despite local laws have to face penalties for refusing to allow same-sex couples to use their facilities. Backholm concluded that homophobic Christians “are going to suffer”.
The laws banning anti-gay discrimination have long been on the books in Washington State and elsewhere.