What is so important about Proposition 8?by Angie

11 Oct 2008
5:10 pm

This November, California is voting on a ballot measure that proposes to amend our state constitution to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Voting “Yes” on Proposition 8 would establish this amendment as law.  So, what is the big deal?  Well, there are lots of issues involved – it’s not just about “same-sex marriage” or even homosexuality. The outcome of this ballot measure will have a huge impact on the future of California, and on the nation:

Education:  Children receive various levels of “age appropriate” sex education throughout their K-12 years.  If Proposition 8 fails, this education would necessarily include homosexuality and “same-sex marriage,” and would be required to give equal honor and encouragement to these kind of unions as to traditional marriage.  There would be no requirement for parental notification or opting-out.  This has already happened in Massachusetts (where “same-sex marriages” are legal) and, to some degree, in California.

Religious/Moral Liberties:  The tolerance being demanded by Gay Rights Activists is only one-way: a “tyranny of tolerance,” as Elder Bednar calls it.  Instead of tolerance, proponents of “same-sex marriages” are demanding endorsement.  If “same-sex marriages” are allowed in California, the lawsuits will multiply against religious organizations that morally disagree with homosexuality.  Some religions will be threatened with the loss of their tax-exempt status because they are considered “discriminating.”  Organizations and individuals who try to act on their moral convictions in relevant cases could be censured, fined, or forced to shut down.  This is already happening all over the country.  I realize that these lawsuits are likely to increase whether or not we pass Prop 8, but this amendment would give religious/moral organizations a more defensible position in the face of such attacks.

Same-Sex Partners raising Children:  It is currently very rare for a child to be raised by a homosexual couple, but if Proposition 8 fails, it is likely to become more common.  What will happen to these children?  Which parent doesn’t matter – a Mom or a Dad?  The Church’s publication, “The Divine Institution of Marriage” states that, “The legalization of same-sex marriage likely will erode the social identity, gender development, and moral character of children. Is it really wise for society to pursue such a radical experiment without taking into account its long-term consequences for children?”

Jim and I have discussed, researched, and received direction from Church leaders regarding these and many other issues related to Proposition 8.  We both feel strongly in favor of it, and are dedicating our efforts and prayers to helping it pass on November 4th.

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  1. Kenn North
    9:12 PM on October 11th, 2008
  2. emijo
    8:52 PM on October 12th, 2008

    wow…im sorry, but this scares me on behalf of all the innocent children coming into this world.
    thanks for keeping us informed, guys! this is super important!

  3. Russel
    9:57 AM on October 13th, 2008

    Any time you change a fundamental legal definition, there will be a lot of laws that have to be rewritten. There will almost always be some serious far-reaching consequences that nobody had foreseen.

    For example, if one parent in a family dies the living spouse is exempt from our complicated tax laws, and the inheritance and child custody do not go into probate, but remain with the living spouse. There are cases where people abuse this exemption (for example a young person marrying a rich old person on their last leg) but these cases are few and far between so the law can deal with them on a case by case basis. However, if you redefine marriage to be between any two people, the possibility for abuse is much greater. To avoid clogging the courts with these problems, the laws might have to be rewritten and when one spouse dies, child custody and inheritance would have to go into probate, and the other spouse would have to deal with it while mourning for the lost spouse.

    I personally think that there would be more serious problems that would arise, that we haven’t even imagined yet. The law is so complicated that when a definition is changed so entirely, there will certainly be unforeseen consequences.

    Many people have serious concerns about the future consequences of not passing Proposition 8. The feelings of these people should be carefully considered and not dismissed out of hand. They are real concerns for the well-being of their families.

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