Proposition 8—Legalizing Gay Marriage Will Affect You

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.


6 Responses

  1. Forcing churches to perform same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Separation of Church and State means that neither can rule the other.

    Here’s what I say: “All men are created equal” therefore, gay couples must receive the same legal and financial benefits as straight couples. They must be allowed to marry and adopt children. (I’ve known gay couples who have healthier relationships and could raise children in a more healthy environment than many straight couples I know.) By ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board of Education, separate but equal is unconstitutional. Therefore, Gay marriage should be called “marriage” rather than ‘civil union.” Finally, since one of the founding principles of our country is religious freedom and separation of Church and State, Churches must not be forced to perform gay marriages, though they must also not discriminate against gay couples who are legally married. As far as the education of children goes, it is not the job of the schools to give children a moral foundation. It is the job of the parents. Schools should teach children not to discriminate, but it is the parents’ job to teach kids what behavior is right and wrong and that it is important not to judge other people or discriminate against them for being different.

    Also, doctor’s must be able to decide what procedures and treatment they will or will not offer. They must not be able to refuse treatment to a patient based on their beliefs, but the doctors need to be able to practice theirs as well.

    That being said, that whole “Party A, Party B” mess is not ok. Gay couple’s shouldn’t have to choose a role as bride and groom if they don’t want to, but as a straight woman about to be married, I will be the bride. However, the state couldn’t take that away from me even if they made me sign something as Party A.

    This is very interesting. I came across your blog via Google and may have to read more.

  2. It deeply saddens me to see this become such a huge issue. What is there to fear? Why spend so much time trying to impose beliefs on others who do not feel the same.

    I was never taught about heterosexual relationships in school. Why would I be taught about homosexual ones? School is meant to bring knowledge of the world to children, not endorse believes. Case and point, this argument by those in favor of proposition 8 is completely absurd.

    NO CHURCH WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM CEREMONIES. Are you out of your mind? Separation of church and state. No one wants to be married in a church that doesn’t accept them. Really listen to yourself when you use the phrase “separation of church and state.” Stay off of the rights to gays and lesbians. Separate your beliefs from the states business. Don’t impose your beliefs on anyone.

    The Party A and Party B point is pointless to attack. Are you that insecure that you can’t handle a legal document written in different words? No one is denying you the title to bride and groom. Nothing changes to you or your dignity. In fact, it makes it much easier down the road for the %50 divorce rate. Much easier to separate belongings by parties A and B. Makes it simple.

    I won’t even begin on the family value issue. Most problem children I have seen come from the “perfect home.” And most the children I know who are successful now come from single mothers.

    First African-Americans. Then women. I am confident that this is the next step.

    God bless America and You,

    Love and respect,

  3. Robert,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate your questions and the views you have shared.

    As for learning of homosexual relationships in school, it has already begun. Just last week a “field trip” was approved for a kindergarten class to attend the union ceremony of their gay teacher and her partner. At such a formational time in these kids’ lives, I don’t want the homosexual agenda taught to my kids. Let the parents teach them about sex and marriage.

    But Prop 8 isn’t simply about gay and lesbians. Proposition 8 is about preserving marriage. It’s not an attack on the gay lifestyle. Proposition 8 doesn’t take away any rights or benefits of gay or lesbian domestic partnerships. Under California law, “domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits” as married spouses. (Family Code § 297.5.) Prop 8 will not change this.

    What Prop 8 will do is three things:

    1. It restores the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved and human history has understood marriage to be.

    2. It overturns the outrageous decision of four activist Supreme Court judges who ignored the will of the people.

    3. It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage.

    That’s it. But so many people have made it an attack on homosexual couples. It’s not.

    This bill is about upholding the will of the people. As a state, we voted back in 2000 to pass Prop 22, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. But 4 state court judges thought they could take the law in their own hands and overturn the will of the people.

    The courts were never designed to overturn law; simply to uphold the law the people had approved. The Constitution ensures that the power in our nation lies in the governed, not the government. So for them to come in and overturn a bill we had passed is unconstitutional.

    If we allow them to overturn this bill, what stops them from overturning another one simply because they do not agree with it?

    (And yes, I’d be this passionate about it if it were simply about voting rights or land ownership.)

    I hope you understand my point of view and where I’m coming from. Thank you again for your comment. You have caused me to step back and write out my own beliefs on the issue.

    Love and respect to you too,

  4. The supreme court HAD to recoil prop 8. Under accordance of repealing the Jim Crow laws (Civil Rights Act of 1964) prop 8 is unconstitutional. That is what they where going on. Now I realize the act was based on race, but the court saw prop 8 as a threat of the act.

    You know through out American history there has been people born here who where not allowed to have the same rights as the straight white man. Mentally disabled, Women, Native Americans, Irish (yes they where picked on too.), African Americans, and the Chinese, even many Latino Americans had been denied civil rights. I realize that your worried about change, but we look back at these injustices and are sickened with ourselves. What makes this any different?

    It doesn’t. It is the same thing, but a different targeted group.

    Just remember Marriage is not a Christian institution. Nor is it even a religious one. I know many would like to think so, but of that where the case then a lot of people would not be allowed to get married. Take some time to really think about whether it is your fears that are driving your opinion or actual facts.

    Gay relationship will not be taught in school unless the parents approve. You cannot force a church to marry gay folks. All that is hogwash.

    I am very sad that there are so many people in this country that still think it is Ok to take rights away from it’s fellow citizens.

  5. Oh it also violates the equal protection clause too. I knew I was forgetting something.

  6. Carrina,

    Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

    In response to your statements, the root of this argument is much deeper than simply the origins of marriage or our history of civil rights. It goes back to the debate between the theory of evolution and the theory of creation. Let’s examine the two sides and their respective impacts on the gay marriage debate.

    For sake of argument let’s assume that the theory of evolution is fact. If that’s the case then there is no deity…no “god” in authority over us. Therefore nothing that the Bible or any other religious book has to say about marriage matters. I’m guessing from your comments that you’re not exactly a creationist. If that’s the case, I’m not going to convince you of the existence of God in one blog post. However, again, for sake of argument let’s examine the other side of the issue.

    If creationism is fact, then we have some issues to work through. If there is in fact a God we have to take him at his word and obey him since he is in authority over us. Let’s see what the Bible says about marriage and its origins. In Genesis we have the account of man’s creation. Adam, the first man, was created on the sixth day of creation. Eve, the first woman, was created a short time after that. In Genesis 2:22 we read, “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” The first human relationship that God created was that of husband/wife. The first marriage was between man and woman.

    In Matthew 19:4 we read the words of Jesus: “Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife: and they two shall be one flesh?” Christ himself taught man/woman marriage. Again, all this is under the assumption that creationism is true.

    I know what the main argument here is. The argument is that we can’t discriminate against individuals because of their sexual orientation…just as we can’t discriminate against individuals of a different race. I agree with the latter part of that statement wholeheartedly. However, let’s examine something here. Is homosexuality something we choose or is it something we’re born with like race? Some would argue that biologically there are individuals who are predisposed to be homosexual. Is that accurate? It is accurate in the sense that all of mankind is basically wicked at heart. We seek our own way, not God’s way. We are each born with the “predisposition” to do things like lie, steal, cheat, even murder. The Bible lists homosexuality right along with all those others. It all goes back to whether or not you believe in a God.

    So as I said earlier, if we for sake of argument assume that the Bible is correct, this is where we stand. Please respect the rights of individuals to have their own religious beliefs. You’re thinking “Not if those beliefs discriminate against certain individuals”. Think about what was explained in the above paragraphs….so you can see the other side of the issue. There are those of us who cannot accept the idea that the universe happened by chance. Those of us who believe in something bigger than us follow a code of conduct that can be found in the Bible. Like I said, I’m not going to be able to convince you to change your beliefs in one blog post, but I can help you see the other side.

    And we also have to examine what the true meaning of democracy is. When the California supreme court allowed gay marriage back in April, it superceded the will of the people. At it’s core America is run by popular sovreignty…the will of the people. The people have spoken…whether we agree with it or not we must accept that the majority of the people do have the right to make the decision here…whether we agree with it or not.

    At the end of the day we still have religious freedom here in America. Most of this nation’s founders were individuals who sought refuge from a tyrannical church and king in Europe. The day that this nation’s government takes away our freedom to believe what we want is the day that it turns its back on the moral foundation of it’s beginning.

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