Daily briefs of the top news stories impacting Christians around the world.
In today's edition:
- Barack Obama Wins Re-Election as U.S. President, Fox News Projects
- Maine Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
- Faith Coalition Plans to Reveal on Wednesday How Christians Voted
- Support Faltering for Gay Marriage Bill in France
Barack Obama Wins Re-Election as U.S. President, Fox News Projects
President Obama will win re-election as president of the United States, Fox News projects; however, at press time of 12:30 a.m. Romney's campaign indicated it was not yet ready to concede. The call came after the president was the projected winner in the crucial battleground state of Ohio, and subsequently Iowa and Oregon, which put him over the required 270 electoral votes. Keep updated with Religion Today's exclusive and ongoing election news, commentary and analysis here.
Maine Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Maine voted to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday in a reversal of a 2009 vote when same-sex marriage was defeated, Boston.com reports. At press time of 12:30 a.m., similar measures were also leading in Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state. Maine now joins six other states, as well as the District of Columbia, in allowing gays and lesbians to marry. Before Tuesday's election, no state had approved gay marriage through a popular vote rather than a court decision or legislative act.
Faith Coalition Plans to Reveal on Wednesday How Christians Voted
The results of an extensive post-election survey of Christians, including evangelicals and voters across denominational lines, will be released Wednesday by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Christian Post reports. Prior to the election, FFC founder Ralph Reed used his coalition to mobilize grassroots activists nationwide to get Christian voters to the polls. The coalition said it distributed 30 million voter guides in 117,000 churches, sent out 24 million pieces of mail, made 23 million get-out-the-vote calls, made over 122 million voter contacts to "evangelicals, faithful Catholics and other voters of faith," and sent 18 million text messages and emails. The post-election survey will detail the share of the electorate that the FFC reached, how they voted, and why they voted as they did. The FFC plans to hold a news briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to discuss the survey in order to show the impact of the evangelical vote and other faith-based voters on the outcome of the election.
Support Faltering for Gay Marriage Bill in France
Polls in France indicate support is failing for a proposed law that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, CBN News reports. The country's Catholic majority is becoming increasingly vocal about its opposition to the bill, and other religious leaders are speaking out as well. Christian Democrat Party leader Christine Boutin said she was concerned the law would lead to further moral decline: "[Back in 1998] I said that civil unions would lead to gay marriage. Everyone said: 'Never. Not at all!' [But] it's just the natural direction. The logic of the situation is that if we've got marriage [for all], we'll move toward polygamy. Why is it so shocking to predict this?" French president Francois Holland plans to introduce the proposed law Wednesday. If it passes, France will become the 12th country to legalize gay marriage and the 14th to allow gay adoption.
Publication date: November 7, 2012