Wednesday, September 24, 2008


From No on Prop 8:

Undecided? - What is Proposition 8 ?
The Constitution of the State of California affirms that the right to marry is one of the basic rights of every person- just like the right to free speech and to believe in any religion, or not. Proposition 8 is an attempt to take away the right of one group, same sex couples, to a civil marriage. It would change the Constitution and ban the right to marry for this one singled out group.

Is it right to single out one group and take away a right that everyone else enjoys? Is it even in keeping with the American way? Remember, not too long ago, some tried to prohibit inter-racial marriage. And again, some tried to bar people with mental disabilities from the right to marry! We’re not talking about Nazi Germany. We’re talking about right here in America. Fortunately, our Constitution said it was not right to bar any group from the inherent rights open to all human beings. The Constitution was right. We are all Americans. We are all human beings. Vote "NO" ON PROP 8

Is it fair? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." How would you feel if someone said you could not marry the one you loved? Look at that person in your life and say " I love you but others say you can not be my life partner in marriage." Look at those around you- your brothers, sisters, family, friends, co-workers and neighbors- and say to them, "You cannot marry because you don’t love the person I want you to love." Is that fair? You know the answer. Vote " NO" ON PROP 8

Is Proposition 8 in defense of marriage? Some claim this Constitutional change is to protect marriage. But, let’s look at the facts:
1)The biggest threat today to marriage is not a question of same sex relationship but infidelity. More than half of all marriages in the United States result in divorce. What happened to the concept that marriage is supposed to embody, COMMITMENT?
2)Some raise the problem of promiscuity in today’s society. This problem is a fact in both mainstream and alternative lifestyles. Why discourage those who want to commit from forming strong, monogamous and responsible relationships? "NO" ON 8

Does "No on 8" threaten the rights of religious leaders? No. Our Constitution provides for the separation of Church and State. Legal right to marry applies only to Civil marriage. The Constitution affirms that ministers, priests and religious leaders cannot be required to perform marriages in violation of their churches’ beliefs. In America, one does not even have to belong to a church to be married. And, no church can tell everyone that it’s way is the only American way. This is not Iran under the Ayatollah in decades past. Vote " NO" ON PROP 8

Does "No on 8"threaten the family? Absolutely not. First, it is important to define "family" since almost half of American children are from broken families. "Family" is a unit with a mother and father with children; a single parent providing for children; a couple supporting each other through life; younger people caring for their parents; extended families. Same sex couples are in all these situations. Responsible marriage stabilizes and protects the family. VOTE "NO ON PROPOSITION 8"


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