Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Marriage Matters

Welcome to our blog, Preserving Marriage.

California voters face an important decision this November - one that is more important than who becomes our next president. I'm referring to Proposition 8, a California Constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

There is much misinformation and lack of information regarding Prop. 8. The goal of this blog is to add value to the blogosphere by providing information and insight into this upcoming decision, one with long-lasting and far-reaching consequences which I feel may be overlooked or brushed aside in apathy or tolerance.

Here are some basic facts to consider regarding Prop. 8:
  • Prop. 8 is only 14 words: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

  • These are the same words which were passed by 61 percent of California voters as Prop. 22 back in 2000.

  • Four San Francisco-based judges overturned the vox populi earlier this year.

  • Prop. 8 doesn't take away any rights or benefits from gay or lesbian domestic partners. Under California law, they "shall have the same rights, protections and benefits" as married spouses (Family Code 297.5). Prop. 8 will not change this.

What we're dealing with is a definition - but a definition that affects the family, which is the foundation of our society. I know that, at first glance, this might seem hyperbolic - but I hope to show with facts and figures as well as with feelings why this is, in fact, a critical step toward preserving the family as well as religious liberty and freedom of speech, two cornerstones upon which America was founded.

Please feel free to engage in discussion here. All I ask is that you maintain respect and civility. Some of my closest friends disagree with me on Prop. 8. They are entitled to their opinions every bit as much as I am entitled to mine.

I've had some enlightening conversations regarding Prop. 8 with friends who stand as firmly on the other side of the line, and we've enjoyed hearing each other's perspectives. It enriches and educates everyone. I hope that you will find our blog contributions illuminating and informative as well.

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Anonsent said...

I am highly interested in your point of view, being a Federalist this proposition strikes a bad cord with me. California has a huge Homosexual population willing to push their agenda to the Federal Government, this will only force the Supreme Court to rule, and this being a civil rights case will vote against Prop 8. This may be all great for the Bible belt and Utah, but this is not the state to push this agenda. You are only going to lead to more government oversight and laws handed down from Washington DC. They intrude enough in my life and my state, don't need more of it.