Friday, October 17, 2008

A Simple Plea

Next month Californians will all have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 8, which, if passed, will end the right for same-sex couples to marry, a right which has existed since the ruling from "In Re Marriage Cases" in the California Supreme Court this past summer. It will do this by amending our state constitution, and for the first time placing in to our constitution language that places restrictions on rights rather than defending them.

I respect your view of marriage.

I respect your traditions, your religious beliefs, and all that you hold dear concerning marriage. I respect and acknowledge that for you, true marriage only exists in one specific form, or only through an honored religious ceremony.

We can coexist peacefully along side each other, each with our own values concerning what marriage is, what it means to us, and how we choose to honor it. We can coexist peacefully in this way without any of us having to feel like second-class citizens in the eyes of our government; we can all enjoy the right to be legally married in the eyes of our state.

Please do not amend and destroy my right to legally marry in California. Please do not be persuaded and tricked by anyone who tries to convince you that in doing so you would be protecting children's education or your church's autonomy. Please vote No on Proposition 8, and maintain the legal right for all couples to marry.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have studied this issue deeply, and if you do so also, you will understand that it WILL effect our children's education. The ONLY thing that will change for homosexuals, is that their title "married couple" will not be valid. They STILL will have all of the same rights as heterosexual couples. I hope that you will continue to study this issue with an open mind as I have so that EVERYONE can have the same freedoms.

9:57 AM  
Blogger zortnac said...

Anon, every major figure of authority in the California school system, and their predecessors, agree that prop 8 has nothing to do with schools. The California Teachers Association, and EVERY major newspaper agrees that prop 8 has nothing to do with schools.

Whether prop 8 passes or fails, NOTHING will change in our state's education. Schools are allowed to choose to adopt sex and health education curriculum, and the makeup of those curriculum are decided at the local level. You've been lied to and you're buying in to it.

It's ironic for you to sit there and suggest that you want for everyone to have the same freedoms, while you promotes proposition that will eliminate my right to legally marry.

You're defending this position by focusing on the substance of a domestic partnership. You're suggesting that your right to legally marry is the same as my right to have something lesser and of mostly equal value.

That doesn't jive, not one bit.

This isn't about counting up the total number of individual benefits and saying, "look, the total count is almost the same," this is about looking real families in their eyes and telling them that they don't deserve marriage, that instead that must settle for "marriage light," something separate but mostly equal.

Tell me anon, when do I get to vote on your right to legally marry and force you to settle for something separate?

When do I get to vote on one of your fundamental rights simply so that I can put my mind at ease about a completely unrelated issue, in this case education?

10:23 AM  

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