Joseph Backholm, the director of the
Family Policy Institute of Washington, one of the groups working to
repeal Washington state's gay marriage law, has said such marriages
tell fathers that their presence is not necessary in the lives of
Referendum 74 will ask voters in
November to either uphold or reject the marriage equality law
approved by lawmakers earlier this year.
Preserve Marriage Washington, the group
running the campaign against Referendum 74, has fallen far behind
supporters in terms of fundraising. The group has raised less than
10 percent of the $5.7 million banked by supporters – $400,000 to
In an interview with PubliCola,
Backholm insisted that he was on the right side of history.
“We can't lose this in the long run,
because the arguments on the other side are wrong in the absolute
sense. We're dealing with laws that are bigger than us. The laws of
the universe are not subject to legislative preference. And a
hundred years from now, we won't be having a discussion about whether
kids need moms and dads and whether there's a material difference
between relationships involving people of the same gender or
different genders. So I am not at all concerned that we are on the
wrong side of history,” he said.
The argument, Backholm stated, was not
“about two people.”
“We're talking about public policy. And
when you make public policy you have to think in the aggregate. How
does this affect our culture, how does this affect our state, how
does it affect things a hundred years from now?”
And gay marriage “will have a
dramatic negative impact” on culture.
“Think about it. We would be telling
every father and potential father that their presence is not
specifically necessary in the lives of their child. Everyone knows
that that's not true, and our public policy shouldn't say that that
And while Backholm said that “gay
people have the right to form whatever relationships they want,” he
also rejects the state's current domestic partnership law.
“I was not supportive of that law,”