What Happens if We Don’t Vote Yes on Prop 8?

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.

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2 responses to “What Happens if We Don’t Vote Yes on Prop 8?

  1. what will and could happen is now happening, Friends, be aware that there are persecutions starting up using the donor lists. Your voices in support of these targets is helpful. We shouldn’t let our p8 friends and donors twist in the wind alone. This man stood up for his personal beliefs on family and lost his job this morning because of it.

    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/persecution-continues-martyrs-for-prop-8/

  2. 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.

    No, that’s not what happened.

    The Church leadership in Massachusetts closed Catholic Charities down. Not because the charity refused to place hard-to-place children with same-sex couples as their adoptive parents (not babies, or not usually – Catholic Charities specialised in finding homes for children in desperate need of adoptive parents) – but because Catholic Charities already was placing children with same-sex couples as adoptive parents, and saw no problem with this.

    The church leadership could not tolerate a Catholic charity that was demonstrating by example that same-sex couples make excellent parents – because this is against the dogma of the Catholic Church, since about 1995 when Cardinal Ratzinger declared that placing a child with same-sex parents was the equivalent of child abuse.

    It was a remarkable example of the leadership of the Catholic Church declaring that homophobia was more important that the welfare of children. But it had nothing to do with what Catholic Charities wanted – or with the needs of children in Massachusetts. Or really, much to do with same-sex couples marrying, except that this was the trigger for the Catholic Church to investigate what the charity was doing.

    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.

    Actually, I think you’re probably referring to the man who was arrested for refusing to leave the school premises. Do you really think parents ought to be allowed to occupy the school overnight?

    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

    How is it “shocking” for first-graders to be allowed to take a morning’s outing to see their beloved teacher get married, when their parents agree to their taking this supervised trip to witness the occasion? (Two parents did not agree, as I recall, and those children stayed behind in other classes.) Don’t you think parents have a right to say what school trips their children will and will not go on? What’s your problem with these parents who gave their consent?

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