Elections are coming. While most people are focused on the Presidential elections, there are still local elections taking place too. Congressmen re-election, propositions and measures, and city laws are all in play. And while who we choose to run our nation is important, just as important are the local measures on the ballot this November.
California has a bill on the ballot called Proposition 8. Prop 8 would define marriage as being between one man and one woman. Previouly voted on and passed 4 years ago, this bill was recently overturned by four state Supreme Court judges as being unconstitutional. The people voted, but apparently these judges thought their opinion mattered more.
So now Prop 8 is back on the ballot to settle this issue. While many people shrug the debate off as not affecting them, consider some of these facts that will happen if Prop 8 doesn’t pass:
Public Schools will teach that homosexuality and same-sex marriage are normal and acceptable—and if you disagree, you are a bigot. Books like “Heather has Two Mommies” or “Daddy’s Wedding” will be used to teach kindergartners about homosexual relationships. When parents in Boston complained about an eighth-grade teacher instructing students about gay sex, the teacher responded, “Give me a break. It’s legal now.”
Churches will be required to perform homosexual marriage ceremonies or face prosecution under anti-discrimination laws. The California Supreme Court recently ruled that medical professionals may not defer treatment to another professional based on their religious objections. In other words, Christians and those with moral beliefs must check their conscience at the door when they arrive at work. The same case law will apply to churches. Pastors will no longer be allowed to refuse marrying homosexuals based on their religious beliefs.
Businesses will be prosecuted for not participating in homosexual ceremonies. A New Mexico photography company is being prosecuted for refusing to photograph the “commitment ceremony” of a homosexual couple. The full force of the government will used to make citizens publicly accept homosexuality.
Married couples will no longer be considered “bride and groom,” but “Party A and Party B.” A young couple in Placer County wrote the terms “bride” and “groom” on their marriage license, which was returned from the state as an “unacceptable alteration.” A husband and wife are legally referred to now as Party A and Party B according to the California government. By redefining marriage, every marriage has already been affected.
The role of parents will be diminished. The family unit is already under assault with no-fault divorce, acceptance of single parenthood, and nanny government usurping the role of fathers. Homosexual marriage worsens this trend by giving government approval to single-sex parenting. Children need both a mother and a father. By approving homosexual marriage, government and society denies children their right and need for both parents.
While legalizing gay marriage may not seem that big of a deal at first, it affects several areas of everyday life. So before you check yes or no this November 4th, take a minute to consider how it could affect you.
Information courtesy of Yes on Prop 8.