This week’s election was a good day for pro-life, pro-marriage forces.
Here in New York, pro-life/pro-marriage Rob Astorino was elected Westchester County Executive. Our pro-lifer friends in Westchester campaigned and prayed hard for this race, and the results showed that a pro-life candidate can still win in the New York area. This was especially good, since the incumbent, desperate near the end of the race, tried to smear Astorino by sending out a nasty pro-abortion ad.
Several pro-life/pro-marriage candidates also won in Yonkers. Jim Castro-Blanco was elected City Council President, along with Dennis Shepard and John Larkin to the Yonkers City Council. Together with Mayor Phil Amicone, this gives Yonkers a strong pro-life/pro-marriage presence. Think about that for a second. A city with a population of almost 200,000, electing pro-lifers to significant public offices.
Unfortunately, the results weren’t as favorable upstate, where the pro-life/pro-marriage candidate lost a close election for Congress. There were lots of factors involved in that race, and it’s a decent bet that a pro-lifer can recapture that seat next year.
Across the nation, there were also some encouraging results. There was a very, very, very important win for real marriage in Maine, where the voters repealed that state’s same-sex “marriage” law. The record continues to hold — 31 states have put the issue of same-sex “marriage” to the voters, and in every case the people have re-affirmed the authentic meaning of marriage.
Washington State voters narrowly passed a law recognizing domestic partnerships. This is significant because Washington is one of the most secularized, liberal states in the nation, and even they haven’t been able to pass a same-sex “marriage” law.
And pro-life, pro-marriage candidates (both Catholics) were elected governors in New Jersey and Virginia. Their races were dominated by fiscal conservatism, which should send a strong message to Congress to put the brakes on budget-busting bills.
Of course, the battles will continue. Having lost in the democratic process, same-sex “marriage” activists appear to be considering going to go to court to see if they can convince our Platonic Guardian Rulers in Black Robes to give them what they want, regardless of the will of the people. Here in New York, there may be a vote in the Senate on same-sex “marriage” as soon as next week. And the health care reform debate will occupy much of our attention in the next few months, as we struggle to ensure that whatever bill emerges from Congress will respect life at both its beginning and end.
But for now, we should thank God for the results of the election. Too often, we look at politics as a field that is inveterately hostile to faith, and in which good Christian people have no hope. The secularists in our society sure wish that were the case. But it’s just not true. The most encouraging part of these elections is that people of faith — including a number of Catholics — entered the political arena, stood firmly for their principles, and won elections.
That’s a lesson the political parties should pay close attention to.