There is a growing group of people that think that the word 'marriage' belongs to them and them only.
They have added prop 8 to the California ballot to eliminate same sex marriage.
Why? What do they have to lose if two people in love can marry? Why limit marriage?
Is YOUR marriage threatened by someone elses?
Does my marriage make yours pale in comparison?
What about Jewish marriage? That's different. So is Muslim marriage and Polynesian and many others.
What about divorce? Do you know anyone that has been divorced? Don't they reduce the value of marriage? Are folks excommunicated for divorce? Should they be? Were your parents divorced? Till death do us part right?
Every person should have the choice to marry the person they love. It’s a personal and fundamental freedom guaranteed by the California Constitution.
This just pisses me off.
I am not gay but why legislate prejudice?
Most sections of California law prohibit discrimination based on a long list of protected classes, including sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. LGBT Californians are protected from discrimination in securing employment and housing, accessing government services and participating in state-funded activities. LGBT people are also protected under the state’s hate crime law.
Proponents of Prop 8 make many misleading assertions in their new television ad.
Fiction: People can be sued over personal beliefs.
Fact: California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.
Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.
Fact: Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”
Fiction: Same-sex marriage would be taught in public schools.
Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it. A Sacramento Superior Court judge has already ruled that this claim by the proponents of Prop 8 is “false and misleading.” In fact, the “case” that is cited in the ad is from Massachusetts…the proponents knew what California law said, so they used another state, again to mislead voters.
Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco…
Fact: Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it’s about eliminating a fundamental right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that we’ve already voted on this, that judges should not protect rights and freedoms, and that somehow what happened in the past should be the guide to our future. This campaign is not about what happened nearly nine years ago. This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to eliminate a fundamental right for one group of citizens.
More to come when I am coherent again.