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.
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.
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.