What will happen if Prop 8 Fails?
Proposition 8 is the hot button for California. You may have first seen this in the Yes on 8 Commercial, “Whether You Like It Or Not!”
Simply put, 8 years ago, in 2000, California passed a Proposition stating that a marriage was between a man and a woman. The proposition passed by 61%. In 2004, the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, told the city of San Francisco to allow same sex marriages. The California Supreme Court ordered it halted (after a month). About 4,000 marriages were performed during that month. The City of San Francisco brought legal challenges to that ruling and this year, the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Proposition 22 was unconstitutional and this summer allowed gay marriage to resume in California.
Now, in November (just 3 weeks from now), Californian will go to the polls to decide AGAIN, one of the biggest issues in politics and elections today. We are going to vote on Proposition 8, which will amend the California Constitution to state that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”.
It is widely said that this is the 2nd biggest election race in the entire country and with good reason. This is a watershed event in the history of California and in turn, the United States. As California goes, so goes the rest of the U.S. The issues that are fought in California (medical marijuana, term limits, tax limits) are then rolled over to the rest of the U.S.
There are so many issues here and in this post, I am only going to address the “what will happen” scenarios. Already, we have seen some very shocking things happen, such as First Graders being taken on a Field Trip to see their gay / lesbian teacher be “married” to her life partner. Yes, this is very shocking and if Prop 8 fails, this (Gay and Lesbian Marriage) will be mandated to be taught in every public school in California as the same as Traditional Marriage (Between one Man and one Woman).
In Massachusetts (which allows gay marriage), we have already seen parents being arrested for asking the school to not teach their children that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage.
A third example I will leave you with is that Catholic Adoption Agencies in Boston were forced to close their doors and leave the state when they refused to place babies in homes with Same Sex (Gay / Lesbian) partners.
This goes back to yesterday’s post in which I asked what tolerance really means. Don’t parents have the right to what their children learn? Don’t churches have the right to stand by their moral and religious beliefs in running an adoption agency?
It’s Halloween season and we don;t have to go far to get scared. Let’s not let this happen. Vote Yes on Proposition 8 and protect marriage.