With election results pouring in and President Obama re-elected to a second term, according to network projections, gay marriage activists are celebrating three, and possibly four victories in their efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington State.
Although results were not in for Washington State at the time of publication, it appears same-sex marriage is set to become legal in Maine, Minnesota and Maryland.
With 37 percent of the precincts in Maine reporting, same-sex marriage is leading by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. In Minnesota, same-sex marriage is leading by a slight 49-47 percent.
With 84 percent of the precincts reporting, same-sex marriage is leading in Maryland 52 to 49 percent.
One of the many pastors that have been in the trenches in the battle to stop gay activists from legalizing same-sex marriage is Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.
Although he has primarily led the fight in his home state of Maryland, as a prominent evangelical figure on the national scene, Jackson has traveled extensively showing other pastors and church leaders how to take on the issue when confronted with incredible spending deficiencies.
When The Christian Post spoke with Jackson via phone late Tuesday afternoon at his home in Baltimore, he was eagerly awaiting results from Maryland and the three other states. When asked what he felt the evening's outcome would be, he could not give a definitive answer.
"Only the Lord knows," he replied with laughter. "But the polls here (Maryland) indicated a tight race, but historically, voters tend to support traditional marriage in greater numbers than polls report. When people go behind that curtain they vote their convictions and that's what we're counting on."
Jackson went on to say that the countless volunteers that have worked for traditional marriage in Maryland have been "amazing."
"We could not have gotten the message out without them," he said. "When you are outspent 10 to 1 then horsepower is what you need and that is what we had."
However, when Jackson was asked if gay activists could claim a significant victory if they won at least one of the four states on Tuesday night, he was more emphatic.
"No, I don't think they can claim a victory with only one win," he said. "One reason they can't claim victory with one win is because of the spending disparity and because of President Obama. His endorsement gave them a huge advantage but it may turn out to be a disadvantage if enough Christians vote their conscience."
"For the other side to claim a solid victory, they need to win one or more of the four states and re-elect President Obama. Without the White House they have an uphill battle because the only way they've been able to make any progress is through the manipulation of the judicial system with liberal judges in tow."
CNN, FOX, and other networks are reporting that President Obama has been re-elected to a second term.