Thursday, September 25, 2008

Prop 8: Standing Up for Choice and Free Agency

If you haven't already heard about Proposition 8, you probably will in the upcoming weeks.

The people of California voted in March 2000 that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.” Because four activist judges in San Francisco overturned the people’s vote, Proposition 8 will be on the California Ballot this November. California's outcome will affect the decisions of other states.

“Yes” to Proposition 8, (1) Restores the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved, (2) Overturns the decision made by the four activist judges who overwrote the people’s vote, and (3) Protects what children are taught in public schools about “same-sex marriage” being the same as traditional marriage, and prevents other consequences to Californians who will be forced to not just be tolerant of gay lifestyles, but face mandatory compliance regardless of their personal beliefs.

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter to the church leaders in California and asked members to donate their means and time to support Proposition 8, encouraging "our best efforts… to preserve the sacred institution of marriage."

As the LDS Church writes, "the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women" but protects the family and the rights and moral agency of all people on a legal level. Under California law, domestic partners shall continue to have "the same rights, protections and benefits" as married spouses (Family Code 297.5), including tax write offs, families, etc (emphasis added).

In other words, if marriage is redefined to be between any two consenting adults, it doesn't add rights to the gay population, but it does take away the rights of adoption agencies, churches, schools, and other organizations whose moral beliefs go against same-sex partnerships. Basically, it removes the choice to govern their lives and actions according to their moral code.

The Protect Marriage Coalition has asked for out-of-state volunteers to organize 800 calling teams to help with this effort to protect the definition of marriage between a man and woman before November's vote.

To volunteer, please contact Marcello Surjopolos. To donate online, visit the Protect Marriage website.

Here are some additional articles for those who are interested:
Article 1
Article 2
Article 3

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