An open letter to my friends and family that might be supporting Prop 8:
Below is a bit of information that people really SHOULD read before they make up their mind when voting on Prop 8.
I find it very interesting that so many people are willing to push their religious beliefs onto their friends, neighbors, families, and fellow citizens of this Constitutional Republic.
We are NOT a Christian Nation.
Voting on something that is completely UNconstitutional based on YOUR religious dogma is wrong!
This country is not a democracy. It is a Republic that is ruled by The Constitution. Our founding fathers knew that a true democracy would lead to oppression of the minority by the majority. The Constitution of the United States is an amazing document that was written with the intention of keeping this very thing from happening.
Something that I find interesting is how many people are supporting Barack Obama AND voting yes on Prop 8 on the same ballot.
Wow. Just wow.
We used to have laws on the books banning black people from schools, restaurants, interracial marriage, etc. People DID use their religious dogma as a 'reason' for supporting said laws ~ and they got away with it.... just like they are hoping to do this time around.
Same hate, different target.
It wasn't right then and it's not right now.
Please educate yourselves and leave YOUR religion out of OUR Constitution.
Proponents of Prop 8 continue to lie in their television ads.
Here’s what’s fiction and what’s fact:
Fiction: Teaching children about same-sex marriage will happen here unless we pass Prop 8.
Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it, and the Yes on 8 campaign knows they are lying. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley has already ruled that this claim by Prop 8 proponents is “false and misleading.
Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.
Fact: Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.
Fiction: A Massachusetts case about a parent’s objection to the school curriculum will happen here.
Fact: Unlike Massachusetts, California gives parents an absolute right to remove their kids and opt-out of teaching on health and family instruction they don’t agree with. The opponents know that California law already covers this and Prop 8 won’t affect it, so they bring up an irrelevant case in Massachusetts.
Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco…
Fact: Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it’s about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn’t grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren’t supposed to protect rights and freedoms. This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.
Fiction: People can be sued over personal beliefs.
Fact: California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.
Fiction: Pepperdine University supports the Yes on 8 campaign.
Fact: The university has publicly disassociated itself from Professor Richard Peterson of Pepperdine University, who is featured in the ad, and has asked to not be identified in the Yes on 8 advertisements.
Fiction: Unless Prop 8 passes, CA parents won’t have the right to object to what their children are taught in school.
Fact: California law clearly gives parents and guardians broad authority to remove their children from any health instruction if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
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