Monday, October 20, 2008

My Thoughts About CA's Prop 8 (the marriage amendment)

I have been in favor of Proposition 8 from the beginning, but admittedly not passionate about it at all. I think Hollywood and society's mockery of marriage does more to damage our family structure and to the institution of marriage than homosexuals do. And the Libertarian in me thinks that if two consenting adults want to get together then that's their business, even if it isn't a preference of mine.

But I also know that clearly God doesn't like homosexual relationships period, and encouraging them is definitely not what I want either. My friend Nathan sent me a link to a YouTube video that helped solidify and encourage my opinion on the matter though. You can check it out here:

The video is pretty simple, straightforward, and explanatory. It demonstrated how legalizing gay marriages can potentially affect my life and my kids' by showing some of the cases that are occurring in Massachusetts as a result of legalizing gay marriage there.

At first I thought that since California is a predominantly liberal state, failure for the proposition is more or less a predetermined outcome. But my friend Tyler reminded me that the voters did pass Proposition 22 in 2000 (by 61%, but the CA Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional).

Since California is such a large and somewhat influential state, if this passes then it can make a big difference not only for our state, but also possibly nationwide. So I'm enthusiastically voting yes for proposition 8.


Anonymous said...

BOO on this. Come on, some times you have to set aside your religious beliefs and realize politics are a separate issue. Surely, we don't want the gov't stepping in and telling us who we can and can't marry. That is called INEQUALITY. As for this harming our children, first, my spouse and I (we're heterosexual, by the way) are raising our children to not be ignorant and to be tolerant of people, even when they have different belief systems. Ironically, my 9 year old knew nothing about gay marriage until the Mormon church brought about this campaign, prompting all the hoopla. Now, my son starting asking what Prop 8 is. By the way, he says he's voting "yes". Also, my spouse and I have been married for 15 years and in no way have we felt less sanctity over the past few months because some same sex couples have married. I will be very disappointed in the people of this great, golden state if this proposition passes. Let's not set our selves back in time, such as when people of other ethnicities/skin color were viewed differently under the law. EQUALITY FOR ALL GOD'S CHILDREN!!!!

michael said...

Actually, all men and women would still have the exact same rights (equality) if the proposition is to pass - to marry a person of the opposite sex. No one is therefore being discriminated against.
The law is simply intended to define what the term marriage is, and that definition is applied to all people equally.

There are many people who think that because someone else has something that they are unable to get, then it should be their "right". Examples of this are the "right" to obtain the American dream (own a home, a car, a TV, etc), or the right to a "living wage", or the "right" to health care. In this case, you believe that people should have equal "rights" to marry whomever they choose.

I am saying that not only are these things not a "right" according to the constitution, but in the case of marriage, it also violates the very definition of the word. What proposition 8 is attempting to do is prevent the word "marriage" from being redefined. Since homosexual partners currently have the same benefits under the law, you can especially see that this is true.

While your son may not have been affected by gay marriage yet, by looking at what's happening in MA (demonstrated in the video from the original post), you can see that the potential certainly exists. And I think it's fairly easy to say that as time progresses this will become more and more evident and prevalent.

Anonymous said...

We are not homophobic, therefore, I don't see how my children can negatively be effected by hearing that homosexuals could marry each other. We teach our children TOLERANCE. At some point your children will see a same sex couple displaying signs of effection in public and you're going to have to provide an explanation if they question you. I realize from a christian standpoint your response will be something like they're doing something wrong or they're sinners or something. I still don't see how allowing same sex couples to marry would effect heterosexual marriages or children. I think this is how hate crimes are born. This is the same mentality folks had just a few decades back when people of color were viewed as inferior, thereby not being allowed the same freedoms as others. Too bad Californians couldn't get past the whole christiantity- homophobic mentality on this one. What a shame.

Anonymous said...

Civil rights are not at all the same thing as some type of monetary rights (this is what you're trying to argue that people don't have the right to having a car, home, etc). No, of course people don't have these rights, they are not listed in the constitution but On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional. Keeping same sex couples from marrying is discrimination as defined by the law. The law makes no mention of obtaining the "American Dream" as a legal right.

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