My big brother Howard is campaigning for Proposition 8 in California.
The proposition 8 is rather interesting. On the surface it looks like hate laws designed to take away the rights of homosexuals. However it seems to be designed to protect the rights of millions of family members all over the country. How so? What happens in California usually spreads across the country in time. This video clip illustrates what is already happening in Main because of the gay marriage laws there. I was surprised and very interested in the clip show. If you are wondering how Porp 8 can affect you and your family, please watch this. I know that by posting this I will make myself and my blog pretty unpopular but that wasn't want I created it for. I think our children have rights too and that as families we have rights to teach them what we believe.
Here are a few more things that I have found about Prop 8.
1. Children in public schools will have to be taught that same-sex marriage is just as good as traditional marriage.
The California Education Code already requires that health education classes instruct children about marriage. (§51890)
Therefore, unless Proposition 8 passes, children will be taught that marriage between any two adults is of the same worth, regardless of gender. There will be serious clashes between the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children their own values and beliefs.
2. Churches may be sued over their tax exempt status if they refuse to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their religious buildings open to the public. Ask whether your pastor, priest, minister, bishop, or rabbi is ready to perform such marriages in your chapels and sanctuaries.
3. Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father. Catholic Charities in Boston already had to stop providing adoption services in Massachusetts because courts legalized same-sex marriage there.
4. Religions that sponsor private schools with married student housing may be required to provide housing for same-sex couples, even if counter to church doctrine, or risk lawsuits over tax exemptions and related benefits.
5. Ministers who preach against same-sex marriages may be sued for hate speech and risk government fines. It already happened in Canada, a country that legalized gay marriage. A recent California court held that municipal employees may not say: "traditional marriage," or "family values" because, after the same-sex marriage case, it is "hate speech."
6. It will cost you money. This change in the definition of marriage will bring a cascade of lawsuits, including some already lost (e.g., photographers cannot now refuse to photograph gay marriages; doctors cannot now refuse to perform artificial insemination of gays even given other willing doctors). Even if courts eventually find in favor of a defender of traditional marriage (highly improbable given today's activist judges), think of the money – your money – that will be spent on such legal battles.
YES on PROPOSITION 8
will define the word "marriage" by adding 14 words to the California State Constitution:
"Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
NO on PROPOSITION 8
will mean the State has no definition for the word "marriage" and will leave the term open to interpretation.
For more information check out What is Prop 8?
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