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.