Monday, October 27, 2008

Californians: Vote No On Proposition 8 Gay Marriage Ban

Proposition 8 in California calls for a ban on same-sex marriage in California. It would reverse a ruling by the California Supreme Court in May that gave gay couples the right to marry.

I believe that the Connecticut Supreme Court recently had the most just ruling of all on this issue: denying gays the right to marry violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law. Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote, "To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others."

From this principle of equal protection, the majority cannot vote on whether the minority is also to enjoy the same rights that marriage confers. As a popular slogan among gay marriage advocates puts it, "Can I Vote On Your Marriage?" Regardless, California is putting the proposition to the test on November 4th and the religious right is out in force, according to The New York Times:

Conservative religious leaders from across the country are pouring time, talent and millions of dollars into the state in support of Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage. They are hoping to reverse a California Supreme Court ruling in May that gave same-sex couples permission to marry, resulting in thousands of exultant same-sex weddings.

Similar marriage amendments are on the ballot next month in Arizona and Florida. But religious conservatives have cast the campaign in California as the decisive last stand, warning in stunningly apocalyptic terms of dire consequences to the entire nation if Proposition 8 does not pass.

California, they say, sets cultural trends for the rest of the country and even the world. If same-sex marriage is allowed to become entrenched there, they warn, there will be no going back.

I agree that California sets cultural trends. That's why I hope that the citizens there vote no on Proposition 8–and that there will be no going back. 

I don't feel that my marriage or, for that matter, Western civilization, need defending from the gay couple up the block who want to get married. What needs defending is tolerance, equal rights and equal justice under the law. Inequality has no place in any state constitution. The ad above succinctly makes these points.

For further information, visit Vote No On Prop 8.


Reuven said...

In many ways, it's a false "church" testing our Government to see what they can get away with, before they can launch their plan to take over America. Pray to Jesus and you'll know the real answer: vote NO on proposition 8.

Jeff Tone said...

Reuven, click on the New York Times link in the post. The linked article includes comments from other religious figures who urge voting no.