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.