Why I Support Proposition 8
Proposition 8 is an initiative that will protect the traditional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. The law does not create marriage any more than it creates land, water or air. But the law regulates marriage, in the same way as it regulates land, water and air, for the public benefit. For centuries the overwhelming public benefit, and the primary purpose, of marriage has been to provide a stable environment to procreate and rear children. Proposition 8 will protect this vital public benefit.
Proposition 8 does not discriminate against anyone. Existing law provides that all couples have the same rights, privileges and benefits of marriage. This will not change under Proposition 8. This proposition simply protects the unique nature of marriage.
You might ask “Why is Proposition 8 needed?” In 2000 61% of the California voters passed Proposition 22 a law that contained the exact same wording as Proposition 8. However, in May 2008 four activist judges in the California Supreme Court overturned the will of the people and invalidated Proposition 22. Proposition 8 protects marriage in a way that can’t be destroyed by irresponsible activist judges. In this way the will of the majority people will be protected from the actions of a few – a hallmark of our democratic form of government.
What will happen of Proposition 8 does not pass? While it is impossible to know all of the bad things that will happen if this measure fails, below are some of the likely consequences:
- Adoption agencies may be forced to stop providing services in California. Who will lose? The losers will be all those children who would otherwise be adopted.
- Churches may be forced to allow all marriages in their churches – even those that are in opposition to their teachings.
- Doctors will be told who they can treat and what treatments they can administer.
- Clergy members will be prosecuted by legal authorities for teaching church doctrines.
These are not hypothetical scary stories intended to frighten unsuspecting voters. These are actual occurrences that have happened in places where the traditional man/woman marriage has not been protected. They could happen in Californian too.
This is why I am supporting Proposition 8.