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Thursday, June 5, 2008

They're back.

The extremists of the West Virginia Family Foundation have crawled back out of their hole:
A family group says recent court rulings pertaining to same-sex marriages are threatening West Virginia's Defense of Marriage Act.

To protect the eight-year-old law, the West Virginia Family Foundation wants Governor Joe Manchin to call a special session so lawmakers can approve a resolution to let voters decide if a ban on same-sex marriage should become part of West Virginia's Constitution.
West Virginia already has a law banning gay marriage, but that's not enough for them. Now they want to write discrimination into the state constitution, too.
Foundation president Kevin McCoy says rulings in California and New York threaten West Virginia's law. West Virginia's law bans same-sex marriage and says the state won't recognize such marriages performed in another state.
The story innocently identifies The West Virginia Family Foundation as a "Family group," but let's take a closer look.

As I wrote back in March:

The West Virginia Family Foundation is an affiliate group of The American Family Association, a fringe organization whose members, when not preoccupied with determining the sexuality of cartoon characters, spend their time celebrating in print natural disasters that kill hundreds.
And you can see how much AFA respects and loves West Virginians when they published this in the wake of the Sago disaster:
Conservative Christian leader Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council said yesterday that, although millions of prayers were being offered across the nation, he was struck by the irony of the situation, which he feels demonstrates a sad truth about America. "We often turn to God only when we feel like nothing else can be done," Schenck notes. "And, in the Bible, God rebuked nations who only turned to Him in their most extreme moments of need."
Schenck is a regular AFA contributor.
This isn't AFA's first attempt to get involved in West Virginia's laws.

In 2006, the W.Va. legislature rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. The measure was co-sponsored by Senator Bob Plymale D-Wayne and Delegate John Pino D-Fayette.

Leave it to certain W.Va. "Democrats" to do the GOP's work for them in putting wedge issues on the ballot.

It's disturbing just how much influence an out-of-state, hate-filled organization had on our legislature.

At the time, AFA bragged on their Web site about their 'key role in drafting the amendment" and stated that their surrogates in The West Virgina Family Foundation were "the primary organization behind the initiative.

This is definitely worth keeping an eye on again.