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Conservative social gains in election

 Gay-marriage opponents recently protested against the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling in favor of gay marriage.
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Date published: 11/10/2010


That animosity finally melted after 140 years! Republicans now hold 18 of 28 legislative chambers in the South. "In 1990 they didn't hold one," said Storey.

This sweep of Republicans also roared across the Midwest. For the first time in history, Minnesota's House and Senate are Republican. The Democratic-Farm-Labor Party has dominated that state since Hubert Humphrey put the coalition together in the 1940s.

Similarly, both chambers in Wisconsin's legislature flipped to GOP control, as did at least one house in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, and New Hampshire. Five chambers are undecided as I write, in Colorado, New York, Oregon, Washington. The GOP has won 53 percent of all state legislative seats, its peak since 1928. The Republicans have picked up 61 U.S. House seats so far, their largest gain since 1948.

While the national reporting and commentary on this tsunami election have focused upon economic reasons for this historic shift, social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion were also important.

Abortion advocates will no longer control the U.S. House of Representatives. Not only did pro-abortion Speaker Pelosi lose power, but so did Steny Hoyer, House majority leader. New House leaders are uniformly pro-life.

Pro-life women won 23 key Senate and House races and gubernatorial contests. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire will be the lone pro-life woman in the Senate, taking on such pro-abortion stalwarts as Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein of California. New pro-life governors include Jan Brewer of Arizona, Nikki Haley in South Carolina, Mary Falin of Oklahoma, and Susana Martinez in New Mexico.

Pro-life voters gave walking papers to some members of Congress who have served for decades, such as Jim Oberstar.

"Yesterday was a difficult day," said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. "There's no getting around it: The results of yesterday's election are truly alarming."

Not if you are pro-life! In fact, one place the new Congress might make some budget cuts is federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America.

The Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and the American Family Association deserve credit for mobilizing conservative voters with such success. However, the FRC's president, Tony Perkins, says, "This is all positive news, but it is not the finish line, but the starting line."

Michael J. McManus, a syndicated writer, is founder and president of MarriageSavers.

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