Proposition 8: The California Marriage Protection Amendment

Posted by Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") | Posted in , , | Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008

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We're all sinners. What separates us from one another is whether or not we're willing to call sin by it's name and admit when it exists in our own lives. If we can, we'll find the path to forgiveness and salvation. If we can't, we'll continue to lead a life of deception that ultimately will lead us to eternal death.

Earlier today, I wrote that the Holy Bible is clear. God says homosexuality is wrong amongst many other things. Bottom line. End of story. It is black-and-white, right-and-wrong. You either agree with it all or you don't agree with any of it because it's the perfect Word of a perfect God.

As the father of two pre-school aged children, I cannot sit on the sidelines and remain silent when I feel that parental rights are under attack with the battleground being the impressionable hearts and minds of my young children.

That's why I want to call attention to the current battle being waged on the other side of the country. Make no mistake - what happens there will have a definite impact throughout the United States, which is why we need to pay attention and do what we can to support our fellow citizens there.



Proposition 8 is the California Marriage Protection Amendment. The entire text of Proposition 8 is as follows: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California."

Proposition 8 is simple and straightforward. It contains the same 14 words that were previously approved in 2000 by over 61% of California voters: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Because 4 activist judges in San Francisco wrongly overturned the people’s vote, the people need to pass this measure as a constitutional amendment to restore the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

Voting YES on Proposition 8 does 3 simple things:

1. It restores the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved and what Californians agree should be supported, not undermined.

2. It overturns the outrageous decision of 4 activist Supreme Court judges who ignored the will of the people.

3. It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage, and prevents other consequences to Californians who will be forced to not just be tolerant of gay lifestyles, but face mandatory compliance regardless of their personal beliefs.

The Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage did not just overturn the will of California voters; it also redefined marriage for the rest of society, without ever asking the people themselves to accept this decision.

This decision has far-reaching consequences. For example, because public schools are already required to teach the role of marriage in society as part of the curriculum, schools will now be required to teach students that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage, starting with kindergarteners.

By saying that a marriage is between "any two persons" rather than between a man and a woman, the Court decision has opened the door to any kind of "marriage." This undermines the value of marriage altogether at a time when we should be restoring marriage, not undermining it.

Proposition 8 is NOT an attack on gay couples and does not take away the rights that same-sex couples already have under California's domestic partner law. California law already grants domestic partners all the rights that a state can grant to a married couple. Gays have a right to their private lives, but not to change the definition of marriage for everyone else.

Passing Proposition 8 protects our children and places into the Constitution the simple definition that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Plus, it let's the people of California decide. Apparently, the government wants to decide things for us.

Now , the California Teachers Union has ignited "class Warfare" over Prop 8. In the week leading up to Halloween, the California Teacher's Association (CTA) has no intention of masking its agenda on marriage.

The 340,000-member organization - long considered a powerful branch of the radical Left - took a risky step recently by donating $1 million dollars to defeat Proposition 8.

The gift, which is now the largest contribution by any institutional donor to the ballot issue, raises the stakes in an already tense battle for parents' rights.

The CTA's own members, whose dues are fueling this opposition, are fuming. Many, like Randy Peart, are questioning what same-sex "marriage" has to do with education.

"It bothers me [that they're] spend[ing] my money on something I'm morally opposed to," she said. "Why not put that money into classrooms, into making a better place for these kids?"

But according to CTA President David Sanchez, "...[I]t's a civil rights issue." And he's right. This is a civil rights issue - for children who deserve to be raised by a mother and father.

The donation, CTA's second, should serve as a wake-up call for anyone who doesn't believe that schools are becoming dangerous incubators for the homosexual cause. If the union will stoop to using its dues to promote the homosexual agenda, then you can bet it will have no reservations about using its classrooms.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a San Francisco administrator took first graders on a field trip to their teacher's lesbian "wedding." How's that for indoctrination?

If California schools are promoting "teachable moments" like this for 5- and 6-year-olds, imagine what the middle and high school curriculums will look like! This is much more than a battle for marriage. It's a last stand for education and parents' rights.

The CTA's million dollars will go a long way to undermining the truth. California families need your help! Log on to
www.protectmarriage.com and educate yourself about the issues at stake in this fight.



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