Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Proposition 8

Notice my sidebar? Living here, this has obviously been a more pressing issue than any other political matter. It seems the state (and a lot of the country) is divided on where they stand about same-sex marriage. There are a lot of non-truths and embellished facts out there.

In 2000, 61% of California voters voted in favor of keeping marriage between a man and a woman. I'd call that a majority. However just this year FOUR, count 'em FOUR San Francisc0 based judges overturned (i.e. undermined) that ban on same-sex marriage forcing California citizens to decide this all over again. This time it will be permanent. The California State Constitution will be amended to state: Only marriage between a man and woman is valid or recognized in California.

This has become a very personal and touchy subject amongst most people. As members of the LDS church we have been strongly urged to campaign and vote in favor of this amendment. There is a lot to say about this topic but I will try to be concise. Many people try to argue that by campaigning for this amendment we are "imposing our beliefs on others." This statement couldn't be more hypocritical. If this proposition does NOT pass we (voters in favor) are in fact being FORCED to accept homosexual lifestyle as "socially normal." We can love a person but not love what they do. If we speak out against it then we are being hateful, intolerant and discriminatory. Tolerate and condone have come to mean the same thing as years pass but they in fact are so very different. We can tolerate others' actions without condoning. So again, if this does not pass then we have no choice but to put our moral and spiritual beliefs regarding family and marriage aside and accept homosexual lifestyle and homosexual marriage into everyday life. If people think the world is confusing now, our childrens' world will be even more confusing. Let's not exacerbate things by changing the definition of marriage.

One thing this amendment will NOT do is deny anybody rights. Under California law, “domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits” as married spouses. (Family Code § 297.5.) There are NO exceptions. Proposition 8 WILL NOT change this.

Basically this amendment will keep things the way they have been since Adam and Eve walked the Earth.

There are many websites out there to inform. Here are a couple:

www.preservingmarriage.org
www.protectmarriage.com

So to sum up, if you are in California vote YES on Prop 8. Even if you are not in California you can call, donate and get the word out on this issue. It's only a matter of time before every state has to face this same decision.

5 comments:

Mostly Leighanna, some Jordan said...

Carly - you are such a political beacon. Haha, but no really, that was a good post. Ohio isn't quite that far along, they are still hashing out civil rights problems from the 50s. I don't even vote here so it doesn't matter anyway. I do vote in CO however, and I voted to raise sales tax by 2 cents to help retarded people. I like to think I'm doing my part.

PS - Ok so I read your dad's running blog because I thought, hey, maybe I could be a real runner someday, 6 miles is a good start. Um, no, your parents are machines. When he started talking about 100 mile things I died a little inside.

debora said...

Well stated Carly. This is not a time for ignorance or indifference.

Lindsay said...

Amen!! Great argument against the idea that we are imposing our beliefs on others. I've been so tired of hearing that. Wish I could vote on it!

The Greenwoods said...

Amen sister!!! Very well said! (Maybe I should throw in a good word to the Bishop so you can maybe give a Sacrament Mtg. talk about it! Just kidding!)

Bree & Lance said...

Word. This proposition and the election are the only reason why I have kept my California residency so long...so I can vote! Whatever happened to 'My Two Dads' being an innocent heterosexual tv show? Those were the days. Our poor kids!

LW

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