OK--so we ddidn't have a concession or a victory speech last night. Nevertheless, it certainly looks like President George W. Bush has won a second term in the White House. We'll track the developments closely on Wednesday, and hope to have a clearer picture.
Yet, on the issue of same-sex marriage, the decision was clear. As the night ended, constitutional amendments to defend marriage as the union of a man and a woman led in all eleven states where the issue was on the ballot. In all states, the amendment led by an overwhelming margin--a clear statement of popular support for the defense of marriage.
On the other hand, California voters passed Proposition 71, putting the state in the embryonic stem cell research business with $3-billion in tax support over the next ten years. So, citizens of the nation's most populous state will now be involved in the systematic creation and destruction of human embryos, all in the name of medical science. Californians can credit Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for tipping the balance on that issue. For that state, November 2 is a day that will live in moral infamy.
As the nation grew exhausted after a long and frustrating night, more questions remained unanswered--with the outcome of the presidential race at the top of the list. This is no way to run a democracy.
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R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For more articles and resources by Dr. Mohler, and for information on The Albert Mohler Program, a daily national radio program broadcast on the Salem Radio Network, go to www.albertmohler.com. For information on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, go to www.sbts.edu. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.