Pro-family activists in Connecticut are urging the people of the state to vote "yes" for a constitution convention when they head for the polls on Nov. 4.
Though the 4-3 split decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday effectively redefined marriage in the state, Connecticuters will have the opportunity to have the final say if enough voters rally behind a call for the state legislature to convene a state constitution convention.
Every twenty years, under the state constitution, the ballot question "Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the state?" is placed on the ballot for consideration. This year marks Connecticut's 220th since its admission to the Union in 1788.
"The Court's willingness to undemocratically impose same-sex marriage on Connecticut has made it necessary for us to demand the right to Let the People Decide," expressed Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC), in a press release following Friday's high court decision.
"And that is why thousands of us will vote 'yes' for a constitutional convention on November 4th."
If enough votes are found to favor a convention, it will be incumbent upon the state legislature to convene a state Constitution Convention, explained Matthew M. Daly, chairman of the Constitution Convention Campaign. There, the people of Connecticut can implement "Initiative Referenda" as a mechanism and amend the state Constitution for a 31st time.
"We will work for a majority 'yes' vote this November 4th to hold a state constitutional convention and will fight to get a direct initiative law out of the convention," FIC's Wolfgang reported. "And then we will put a question on the ballot to allow the public – not our robed masters – to decide once and for all if marriage will be protected in our state constitution as the union of a man and a woman."
Friday ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court made the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize same-sex "marriage" through the courts.
The decision was denounced by pro-family leaders including Dr. James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, who said it was "another tragic example of runaway judges trampling on citizens' right to decide public policy for themselves."
"Not only have these judges knowingly deprived Connecticut children of a mother or a father, but they have usurped the role of the legislators to create law," Dobson expressed in a public statement.
In his statement, Wolfgang noted that "[e]ven a legislature as liberal as ours has heeded the will of the people and said no to same-sex 'marriage' year after year."
"With today's ruling the Supreme Court has said to the people of Connecticut that 'No, even this victory will be denied to you. We, your robed masters, will decide the big questions of politics and you little people will have no choice but to bend to our will,'" Wolfgang stated Friday.
But the pro-family leader says the state does not want judges to impose same-sex "marriage" by "undemocratic fiat," and is encouraging the people of Connecticut to exercise their right to decide by direct initiative whether marriage will be protected or redefined.
"[W]e will not bow to the dictates of a handful of self-appointed philosopher kings," he stated. "If the Court will not respect its proper role to interpret, not make, law then we will seek other remedies."
In addition to Connecticut, other states that will be hoping to settle their "marriage crisis" through the opportunities presented on Nov. 4 include California, Arizona, and Florida.