…vote no on ripping away human rights and codifying hate and bigotry into the California State Constitution.
It’s just that simple.
Here’s the thing: when it comes down to it, Proposition 8 is bigotry. Maybe John Scalzi is right and those who support Prop. 8 don’t realize they’re being bigots. But at the end of the day it means that these people didn’t really read the proposition and are instead allowing themselves to be swayed by the deceitful ads primarily funded by out-of-state religious interests.
Yep, that’s right. Of the top twelve contributors to the Yes on 8 hatefest, eight donors are from other states, contributing approximately $5,764,778 to rip away fundamental human rights.
Truth is, I damned near lose my mind whenever I see a “Yes on 8” yard sign or bumper sticker. Because the thought that people are so stupid that they would believe that this would force schools to teach same-sex marriage astounds me. (The only thing that comes close to this assertion is in California Education Code, Section 51933, which addresses comprehensive sex education in schools, wherein it states, “Instruction and materials shall teach respect for marriage and committed relationships.” It says nothing about teaching children about different kinds of marriage, nor is such sex education even mandatory in all schools. And the majority of sex education is geared towards abstinence, not same-sex marriage.)
Nor are churches in danger of losing their tax-exempt status if they refuse to preform same-sex marriages, because they can refuse to perform any marriage ceremony as it is, even with opposite-sex marriages.
And when people trot out the tired, “Activist judges overturned the will of the people,” I want to smack those people with a clue-by-four and remind them that it took “activist judges” to strike down segregation, because the majority of American voters seemed to be okay with racial discrimination. Polarbeast speaks to this better than I can.
Personally, I think that if straight couples feel that their marriages are threatened by gay and lesbian people who want to have the same legal rights as I would, were I to ever marry – well, those couples have other issues with their marriages.
BTW, there have been over 10,000 same-sex marriages in California since the state’s Supreme Court struck down California’s existing statutes limiting marriage as unconstitutional. Over 10,000 gay and lesbian couples in Massachusetts have married since 2004. And opposite-sex marriages are still happening all over the country, many of which are producing children. Every straight married couple I know is still together. Funny how that happens.
There are so many more arguments that I could make against Proposition 8, but my blood pressure – usually on the low side of normal – is already hovering in dangerous numbers and I have no desire to have an aneurysm. So I’ll just leave you with links to some far more eloquent folks than myself. And hope that California will do the right thing: