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November 7, 2012 Print

Analyst Sheds Light on Election, Future

by Bethany Monk

The results of Tuesday’s presidential election, may have some us wondering what happens next.

President Barack Obama won more than 300 electoral college votes over GOP challenger Mitt Romney, and also held a narrow advantage in the popular vote — leading by about 2.7 million out of the more than 117 million ballots cast. Meanwhile, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved same-sex marriage, while those in Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

There are many individual components of this election to consider, but there’s also a big picture, said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of issues analysis for CitizenLink.

“We are in a struggle, and there are very deeply divided ideological and moral camps in this nation, but that does not mean that there is not still opportunity,” she said. “Millions of Americans stand with us in our concern for the moral future of this great land. That should give us hope to look forward to the opportunities that really are before us.”

There were a few pro-family victories to celebrate: Montana voters approved a parental-consent law by a two-to-one margin, requiring abortionists to notify the parents or guardians of girl under 16 at least 48 hours before she is scheduled to have an abortion. In Massachusetts, voters rejected a measure seeking to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

And on the federal level,  Republicans maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, with 232 seats to the Democrats’ 191 seats.

“A majority conservative retention of the House of Representatives will offer somewhat of a firewall to protect life, marriage and religious freedom,” Earll said. But “other factors such as the Democratic-controlled Senate and the president’s use of executive orders will be harder to limit, even by a strong House.”

The level of engagement by pro-life, pro-family activists in this election was unprecedented, Earll said. “We just want to encourage them to not grow weary in doing good. There are still going to be many good opportunities before us, and the final chapter is not written.”

That includes the upcoming mid-term elections in 2014.   

“It’s important for people to realize that the political process, the process of governing doesn’t stop,” Earll said. “We must be engaged at some level all the time because of the rights that we have in this nation. Anytime that we take a break, that we fall back, others are not going to fall back. We do need to stay engaged.”

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