Ken Blackwell
That’s not a typographical error. I’m not mistaking the Democratic Platform’s definition of all things progressive. I’m not misapplying their slogan: Forward.

Froward is admittedly an archaic word, but it’s a very good one. It describes what is actually happening in that Democratic Platform with respect—or should I say with disrespect?—to marriage.

“Froward” is defined by our Merriam-Webster online dictionary as:

1 : habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

2. archaic : adverse

— fro·ward·ly adverb

— fro·ward·ness noun

When Democrats convened in Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally adopt their platform, they will be giving in to disobedience and opposition. Voters in the Tarheel State strongly endorsed true marriage just last May. Like voters in 31 other states, the people are saying loud and clear:

Don’t Mess with True Marriage.

But the party bigs were defiant, determined to shove counterfeit marriage down the throats of the people.

North Carolinians rejected former President Bill Clinton’s advice to evolve beyond the position he took when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996. They voted instead to affirm the eloquent voice of Rev. Billy Graham.

Rev. Graham said: “At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage. The Bible is clear: God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.”

The 61% vote in North Carolina for true marriage belied the claims of the marriage enders that polls prove Americans are ready to move on. Even the liberal Public Policy Polling firm admitted: “Hate to say it, but I don’t believe polls showing majority support for gay marriage nationally. Any time there’s a vote, it doesn’t back it up.” That’s right, PPP, polls are not votes.

Author Matt Kaufman’s excellent story in Citizen Magazine (“…Let Not Man Put Asunder,” Aug-Sep 2012 issue) sums up the campaign for true marriage in North Carolina. “We blanketed the entire state with ads, and we had one of the best social-media campaigns I’ve ever seen,” said Tami Fitzgerald.

She emphasizes: Black voters backed true marriage by a margin of two to one.

Black voters have been a mainstay of the Democratic Party nationally, and certainly in North Carolina. Yet in North Carolina—as in every state of the Old Confederacy—black voters provided the winning margin for marriage.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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