In November 2009 and with great fanfare, religious right activists unveiled the Manhattan Declaration which called for civil disobedience over issues important to conservative Christians and called for a blurring of the wall of separation of church and state.
Originally signed by 150 leaders of the religious right, promoters believed that the Manhattan Declaration would receive at least 1 million online signatures within a month because of its stance against gay marriage and abortion. That failed to materialize when the count barely surpassed half a million signatures after three years. The Manhattan Declaration website has since removed its signature counter.
Things did not turn out well for religious right activists in the 2012 election. Marriage equality was passed by voters in Maine,Maryland and Washington, and Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional ban on same sex marriage. An Iowa Supreme Court justice who had ruled for marriage equality retained his seat on the judiciary. Anti-abortion candidates such as Todd Akin were defeated. Not surprisingly, supporters of the Declaration's call for civil disobedience over these types of issues are renewing their calls after the Nov. 6 election.
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