On November 4, 2008, Californians will vote on Proposition 8, the Protect Marriage Constitutional Amendment. In March, 2000, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 22, which stated, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." However, the California State Supreme Court declared Proposition 22 unconstitutional by a 4-3 vote on May 15, 2008. Proposition 8 restores the exact wording of Proposition 22 to the California state constitution reversing the activist decision of those four California Supreme Court judges.
Marriage is not a right!
Contrary to the claims of the anti-prop 8 forces, marriage is not a right. Marriage is a responsibility and a legally-binding contract intended to stabilize families with children.
Marriage has always been restricted
Numerous laws exist that restrict the ability of certain people to enter into a marriage contract. First, marriage is only allowed between adults, not minors. Second, marriage is only allowed between two individuals. Multiple partner marriages (polygamy and polyandry) are not legal. Third, marriage is not allowed between closely related individuals (brothers, sisters, and first cousins). If marriage is declared a fundamental right of all individuals, then all restrictions to marriage would be declared unconstitutional, opening the doors to polygamy, polyandry, incest, and child marriage.
Marriage is for procreation, not recreation
The reason why marriage is already restricted only to unrelated adult males and females is because the marriage contract is designed to stabilize a family so that children can be born and raised by a male and female parent. Marriage is all about procreation and not recreation. Individuals, whether they be heterosexual or homosexual, are perfectly capable to showing love towards others without entering into a lifelong marriage contract.
Prop 8 does not limit gay rights
Proposition 8 does not take away legal rights from anybody. Any two individuals in the state of California may enter into a domestic partnership, which, by statute, grants them all legal rights and responsibilities of married individuals (Family Code 297.5).
Deception by No on 8
Jack O'Connell, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has said that public schools do not teach students about marriage. However, Education Code, Section 51933 and Education Code, Section 51890 both require teaching about marriage as part of the comprehensive health education curriculum. For more information, see Prop. 8: Why Jack O'Connell Can't Read. As a parent of a California public high school student, I can confirm that marriage is taught in California public high schools. If marriage includes gay marriage, then it will be taught in the schools.
No on 8 says that marriage is a "fundamental right." However, neither the California State Constitution nor any statute declare marriage to be a right at all. Although No on 8 says that marriage is a fundamental right, they insist that marriage is not taught in the schools. If marriage really is a fundamental right, then it should be taught in the schools. Even their logic is flawed.
A "right" of gay marriage will restrict the rights of others
Where gay marriage has already been enacted, the rights of others have been abridged. Here are some examples:
- In February, 2007, the judge in a Massachusetts case ordered the teaching of the homosexual lifestyle to children in public schools.5
- In March 2007 freshmen were told not to tell their parents about Deerfield, Illinois High School's pro-gay seminar and were required to sign a confidentiality agreement.3
- In March 2007, a Massachusetts high school banned parents from attending a seminar for students on how they can know they are homosexual.4
- In February 2008, a professor was fired from San Jose Evergreen Community College after being accused of providing an "offensive" answer out of the textbook to a student's question about heredity and homosexual behavior.2
- In April, 2008, an Albuquerque photographer was fined over $6,000 for refusing to be hired to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony.7
- In May, 2008, a black administrator was fired from the University of Toledo, Ohio, for writing an editorial objecting to the comparison of black discrimination to same-sex marriage.1
- In September, 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that California doctors who have religious objections to artificially inseminating same-sex couples can no longer refuse to treat them.6
- In September, 2008, A Placer County couple's marriage license was denied because they had written the words "bride" and "groom" next to "Party A" and "Party B".8
- In October, 2008, First grade public school students were taken on a field trip to watch their lesbian teacher's wedding. The indoctrination of young minds has just begun!9
- In October, 2008, An intolerant opponent of Proposition 8 violently attacked an injured a Proposition 8 supporter.10
- On October 17, 2008 opponents of Proposition 8 illegally defaced my pro-Prop 8 yard sign.
- On October 23, 2008, a Hayward California public elementary school celebrated "Coming Out Day."11
- On November 19, 2008, eHarmony, a Christian-based matching service was forced by New Jersey's Division on Civil Rights to provide website matching services for homosexuals.12
- On March 12, 2009 Eastern Michigan University kicked out a Christian graduate student for not being willing to affirm homosexual behavior. The student had suggested that clients discussing homosexual issues to referred to another counselor, which was rejected by the university.13
Proposition 8 is not about rights, but is about protecting marriage and families against the destruction of traditional marriage through the actions of four activist judges. If the institution of marriage is declared a right for all individuals then any laws that restrict that right will be declared unconstitutional, requiring that polygamy, polyandry and incestuous marriage be made legal. Vote YES on Proposition 8.
- Protect Marriage website
- iProtectMarriage.com - Vote "Yes" on 8
- Protecting Marriage to Protect Children - Los Angeles Times editorial
- No on Proposition 8: Anybody Should Have the Right of Marriage in California?
- What same-sex "marriage" has done to Massachusetts - Examples of indoctrination efforts in Massachusetts public schools
- "Coming Out Day" celebrated at Hayward, CA Faith Ringgold School of Art and Science public charter school
- Prop. 8: Why Jack O'Connell Can't Read - The claim that public school children will be taught about gay marriage should Prop. 8 fail is shown to be true.
- Homosexuality: Issues and Articles
- Judge orders 'gay' agenda taught to Christian children. WorldNetDaily, February 24, 2007.
- District gags 14-year-olds after 'gay' indoctrination. WorldNetDaily, March 13, 2007.
- Principal bans parents from pro-'gay' seminar. WorldNetDaily, March 15, 2007.
- San Jose professor fired for answering student’s genetics question. Alliance Defense Fund, July 17, 2008.
- New Mexico commission orders $6,000 fine for Christian beliefs. OneNewsNow, April 11, 2008.
Dixon says University of Toledo termination violated free speech right
Toledo Blade, May 15, 2008.
Crystal Dixon. Gay rights and wrongs: another perspective. Toledo Free Press, April 18, 2008.
- The California Supreme Court Rules That Fertility Doctors Must Make Their Services Available to Lesbians, Despite Religious Objections. Findlaw, Tuesday, Sept. 02, 2008.
- California bans 'brides,' 'grooms'. WorldNetDaily, September 8, 2008.
- Class surprises lesbian teacher on wedding day. San Francisco Chronicle, October 11, 2008.
- Prop. 8 Supporter Violently Attacked for Distributing Lawn Signs. Market Watch, October 13, 2008.
- "Coming Out Day" celebrated at Hayward, CA Faith Ringgold School of Art and Science public charter school, Pacific Justice Institute, October 22, 2008.
- Division on Civil Rights Announces Settlement with eHarmony, Inc. - Online Relationship Website Agrees to Provide Same-Sex Matching, November 19, 2008.
- Eastern Michigan University Ousts Student for Not Affirming Homosexual Behavior, Lifesite News
- Proposition 8: Who's Really Lying? Market Watch, October 16, 2008.
Last Modified April 8, 2009