For those of us on the left coast, specifically California, we are currently being inundated with commercials about proposition 8, the so called “gay marriage” constitutional initiative. Now I gotta tell you, this is really getting me angry. I’ve talked about this before, but why do these folks have to say things that with only a smidgen of deductive reasoning or research, a reasonable person can figure out are simply not true?
For example, they say that children will be taught about gay marriage in school, and that this will be forced on them. They cite what is happening in Massachusetts. Hello? This is California, not Massachusetts. Get a grip. The initiative says nothing about education – nothing. Period. All of the briefs that the proponents of the initiative cite have to do with other lawsuits having nothing to do with the marriage issue. They concern education. Again, let’s separate the issues and apply reasoning.
Another area the proponents are trying to scare people is to say that churches will be forced to marry gay couples or lose their tax exempt status. Say what? If churches can tell their parishioners from the pulpit how to vote without losing their tax exempt status (check out the LDS website for an example), then they will be able to choose who to marry. Churches have been choosing who to marry for years based on any number of criteria without government interference. Again, this argument simply does not hold any weight.
The “yes on 8” folks are simply cloaking their bigotry in arguments that don’t stand up to good deductive reasoning and logic. For these reasons, and simply fairness and equality, this proposition does not get my vote. I vote no, and I hope anyone reading this will join me.