My First Time Voting, Proposition 8, and President Obama

Finally, Election Day has come to pass. This year I the gained the right to vote, though I had no intention to vote. But then I found out that I was registered by my parents. Sure enough, I voted and participated for the first time in a Presidential Election. The experience wasn’t that great but interesting (Though, I didn’t enjoy waiting an hour in line.). Today, I would like to discuss Proposition 8.

In California, Proposition 8 has gained the most media attention.
What is Prop. 8? (According to ProtectMarriage.com)

  • Proposition 8 is simple and straightforward.  It contains the same 14 words that were previously approved in 2000 by over 61% of California voters: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
  • Because four activist judges in San Francisco wrongly overturned the people’s vote, we need to pass this measure as a constitutional amendment to restore the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

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Voting YES on Proposition 8 does 3 simple things:

  • It restores the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved and what Californians agree should be supported, not undermined.

  • It overturns the outrageous decision of four activist Supreme Court judges who ignored the will of the people.

  • It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is 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.

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Why Vote No on Prop 8? (According to NoNoProp8.com)

“Proposition 8… would eliminate the fundamental right to same-sex marriage. The very act of denying gay and lesbian couples the right to marry – traditionally the highest legal and societal recognition of a loving commitment – by definition relegates them and their relationship to second class status.”

—Los Angeles Times Editorial, August 8, 2008

  • Prop 8 is Unfair
    • Regardless of how you feel about this issue, we should not eliminate rights for any Californian. Prop 8 would mandate, under the laws of our state, that one group of people would be treated differently form everyone else. That’s just unfair.
  • Prop 8 is Wrong
    • Prop 8 is fueled by special interest groups that have engaged in a deceptive campaign.
    • The government has no business telling people who have been together for years that they can or cannot get married.
    • In California, we let people decide for themselves what’s best for them. We believe in the freedom to make choices without government interference. Prop 8 is wrong for California.

I’ll talk about my basic perceptions and thoughts regarding this proposition; I don’t plan to go in-depth.
Personally, I have nothing against homosexual people. They have the right to be with the person they want and live the lifestyle they choose. I don’t believe they have the right to practice marriage.

From a Christian standpoint, marriage was intended to be practiced as the union of a man and a woman, and God states so. God also states that He does not accept homosexuals. It’s not my intention to force my beliefs on others, but it’s clearly evident that marriage is a religious ceremony and practice. Therefore, homosexuals who become married would be disrespecting a religious practice.

In my opinion, homosexuals should form their own ceremony of union (I’m not sure whether this is possible.). I’m not sure whether this union should be recognized by the state, but I think that domestic partners who become “united” should receive the same financial benefits married couples do (which means that it must be recognized by State and probably Government.).

I can’t wait to find out the results of the votes. Hopefully, this issue will be resolved to accommodate the beliefs of everyone.

Comments & Discussion is encouraged.

8 Responses to My First Time Voting, Proposition 8, and President Obama

  1. d3so November 5, 2008 at 4:10 am #

    Thanks! I never really took an interest to voting because I've always had the mindset that our votes are just suggestions to the electoral college, whose votes count.

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  2. NanjoDogz November 5, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    Congrats on voting! I voted also, this election was too exciting not to and I'm from Chicago so had to show my support for our Illinois Senator now President Elect!

  3. David November 5, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Congratulations on voting your first time. Keep it up. It is one way that you can get your voice heard.

    On another note – I had never seen this theme before yesterday when one of my contacts upgraded his site using this theme – now seen it twice within a day. Small blogosphere!

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  5. Manz November 10, 2008 at 6:51 am #

    Hi there… I'm an Aussie – so no voting in the US for me… but I do like to keep up to date.
    So thanks for the post and the extracts you included. The extracts were a geat way to lead-in to your own opinion.

    One questions… I was wondering what you thought about couples who are not religious and marry with the 'blessing of the state' – no church ceremony, no priest – just the court house for example? Wouldn't this senario be the the same as homosexual marrage?

    Are they therefore "disrespecting a religious practice" like you stated?

    Food for thought *grin*

  6. d3so November 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    You state a good point.
    Personally, I have no problem with marriages that are married in court. Just as long as the marriage isn't planned to gain financial or legal benefits.
    As I see it, the true ideals and values of marriage are being defaced due to the media and the entertainment industry. I believe the reason why Gay-Marriage wasn't accepted was because it seemed to be a significant change in society and others would view it as immoral.

  7. Amanda Greenlee May 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Hey! I am realy proud that somone so young is makeing their point about prop 8! Even if i dont know who you are I am glad somone is takeing a stand! Thank you very much for your support! I cant vote yet but I hope people will come to realize the truth in what you have stated! thanks again!

  8. KonstantinMiller July 6, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Hi! I like your srticle and I would like very much to read some more information on this issue. Will you post some more?