Tuesday, November 11, 2008

California's Prop 8

One week ago today, California passed Prop 8 -- a very contraversial issue, not only in this state but in the nation.
In 2000, 61% of California voters passed Proposition 22 which banned same-sex marriage. In May 2008, four San Francisco-based judges overturned that vote and disregarded the will of the people, forcing Prop 8 to appear on the ballot as an amendment to the state constitution. In August, Randy and I were asked by the grassroots coalition to actively work on the "YES on 8" campaign restoring the definition of marriage to read, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
We believe that the judges did not have the right to do what they did, the way they did it. Why do we vote if it doesn't matter anyway?
We worked very hard for three months on this campaign. We believed then, and more firmly believe now, that we did the right thing. We have friends and family who have been offended by our stand. We love them nonetheless. The state of California has a Domestic Partnership Code which allows them all the benefits and rights they desire, short of being married. If the majority of the state believes in traditional marriage, the law should not be changed. Plain and simply, that's how I feel.
Anticipating the failure of Prop 8, a local elementary school had begun teaching that there is no difference between traditional marriage and gay marriage. A friend of mine's niece came home from elementary school two weeks ago with a paper introducing this subject. A school in San Francisco took the children on a field trip to attend a lesbian wedding. Friends of ours who recently got married said the application for their marriage license read "Party A and Party B" instead of "husband and wife." The opponents of Prop 8 said this had nothing to do with children. It has everything in the world to do with children. Sadly, this is just the beginning of how children and society will be affected as we continue to address this issue.
The majority of people in California have, one more time, voiced their opinion through proper legal channels. There are not words to describe the chaos that has begun in California over this subject. I'm sad and disappointed in the way the opponents of this proposition have reacted -- vandalizing churches, protesting in front of LDS temples, verbally and physically abusing people, etc. Undoubtedly, this will appear before the voters again one day. But for now, the majority of registered voters in the state of California believe that marriage should be reserved for one man and one woman. My personal belief is that the divine sanctity of marriage was instituted by our God 6000 years ago. Who are we to change that?