An Intro to Prop 8

27 10 2008

As Election Day gets closer, I find myself becoming increasingly disgusted. Well yes, of course about Sarah Palin, but that’s a topic for another blog altogether. What I’m referring to is another vote that will take place in California – the vote on Proposition 8.

Those of you who know me from Facebook have no doubt seen my countless postings of videos and articles on Prop 8 over the past several weeks, but in case you don’t know exactly what this is all about, let me fill you in.

First, here’s some background on the topic. You may recall that earlier this year, the Supreme Court of California overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, making California the second state to recognize same-sex unions. Great news, right?

Well… here comes the bad (or is it just plain sad) news.

Proposition 8 is a proposed amendment to the California constitution which if passed into law would be known as the California Marriage Protection Act. This California ballot proposition will appear on the November 4, 2008 ballot along with eleven other statewide propositions. Proposition 8 is one of four ballot measures which propose to amend the California state constitution and appears on the ballot titled as Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.

If it passes, it will add a new constitutional amendment to the California Constitution that will say “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California” and it will be known in law as the California Marriage Protection Act.

Can you believe it? A proposition to write discrimination into the California Constitution? A proposition that would take a civil right away from people?

This alone is enough to disgust me, but the ads and actions of the supporters of Prop 8 are nothing short of reprehensible. Christian “family organizations” are leading the pack on the “Vote Yes” side, and their ads and tactics are full of lies and hate. And these are supposed to be Christian groups, right? Um… k?

Anyhow, I could rant on and on about their nonsense (and I’m sure I will in a future blog), but for now let’s just look at the facts. If this proposition passes, a civil right will be taken away from a group of people. If that happens, there will be a precedent set for such an action. And then what? Where is the line drawn? What civil rights that you enjoy today may be removed tomorrow?

Think about it… it’s truly frightening.

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3 responses

27 10 2008
beckie

YES on Prop 8 = DISCRIMINATION
The proponents/backers of Yes on 8 should be ashamed of themselves as they attempt to legalize discrimination.
The Yes on 8 folks must use lies and scare tactics because they know that if they campaigned using truth, they would not stand a chance.
Can you imagine a sign on a lawn that said “Vote Yes on Prop 8 and Discriminate”… or “Legalize Discrimination”…who would vote yes on that?
And that is exactly why they use lies. Certain religious organizations and churches are even going so far as to tell their followers and members that God wants them to vote Yes on 8. They are playing on their fear of losing their salvation.
I am voting NO on 8. I urge all Californian’s to do the same.

28 10 2008
Felicia

Limiting any civil rights is frightening to me, for as much progress as we make in certain areas it seems we digress in others. It is so surprising this is on the ballot in California because it has always apear to be one of the most tolerant states, and progressive in giving rights to its citizens. I pray that Californian do the right thing and let love dictate marriage and not the legislature…

2 11 2008
johnbisceglia

What about the children in California?
Is Proposition 8 child abuse?
Do children’s mental and emotional well-being matter?

In California, imagine how SAFE the young children of gay or lesbian parents are feeling during this PROPOSITION 8 INSANITY.

Would children feel SAFE if they knew other families were voting, for God’s sake, VOTING on whether their parents deserved the right to be married and treated fairly in society?

How SAFE would a boy feel knowing some parents and teachers do not believe his own family is the same as their families?

How SAFE would a girl feel knowing some children do not believe her own family deserves “the same” as their families?

Now even young children ECHO this intolerance on the playground, thanks to their parents hateful words and ideas. How sick for the children of the YES ON PROP 8 crowd to feel more deserving than other children and their parents! Many children already know and love their gay uncles, lesbian grandmothers, and other FAMILY MEMBERS who are LGBTI, so we have created a hideous world with PROPOSITION 8 and other amendments like it in the U.S. Children are living in a world where they are witnessing adults spending MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars FOR or AGAINST their FAMILY.

Children deserve to grow up in a world where they BELONG.

Children deserve to grow up feeling SAFE.

How sick of a society that we ALLOW family rights to be VOTED ON?

Straight and gay children are being raised by straight and gay parents, but the government forgot that we are ALL interconnected in our families and in society. So now PROPOSITION 8 has brought children into this culture war, a war based on the assumption that some families deserve more legal rights and protections than other families in times of sickness, death, and divorce [for starters]. SICK.

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