Joseph Backholm, the director of the
Family Policy Institute of Washington, believes gay marriage will
The Family Policy Institution was a
pivotal player in the unsuccessful campaign to block a Washington
state law legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples from taking
In comments to CitizenLink,
a publication of the Christian conservative Focus on the Family,
Backholm lamented the loss.
“This debate does not end here, but
it's unfortunate that a majority of our state has concluded that the
institution of marriage exists solely to ratify the emotional
connection of adults,” he said. “As is always the case when
adults decide they're the most important people in the world, it's
the kids that will lose.”
Brian Brown, president of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), which was deeply involved in the
campaign to repeal the marriage law, told the publication that the
loss was due to a fundraising shortfall in a deep blue state.
“We had been outspend two to one in
North Carolina [in May], and were able to win, but the margins here
were around four to one. In Washington state, they raised over $14
million,” Brown said.