Sunday, November 2, 2008

Vote NO on Prop 102 and Prop 8...

With three days remaining before election day I would like to take this opportunity to discuss why I am voting NO on Prop 102--the Gay Marriage Ban. For those of you not familiar with this proposition, Prop 102 seeks to amend the AZ constitution to state that "only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state." There is also a similar measure in CA (Prop 8) which seeks to define marriage in the same way.
So, why would I be against such a measure? Good question. When the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic Ocean they were seeking a land where they could worship the way they pleased and be free from the discrimination in Europe. This whole idea is what eventually evolved into the constitution we currently enjoy in this wonderful country. A place where people are free to believe and worship the way they see fit.
The current definition of marriage is based (mainly) on religious values which have been adapted over the years to exclude acceptance of "alternative" lifestyles. I have no problem with people disagreeing with same-sex marriage; however, writing a religious-based doctrine into the state constitution is more than an attack on same-sex partnerships--it is an attack on the very ideologies that our country was based upon.

Now, I realize there are some serious fears that supporters of Prop 102 have regarding intrusion on their religious freedom. I have spoken to a couple lawyers regarding the fear that churches will be sued over not allowing same-sex marriage and--according to them--this is not a valid argument. Religions are free to worship as they please and would not be required to marry those who do not ascribe to their policies regarding matrimony. For example, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not currently required to marry couples in the temple who do not meet worthiness guidelines and there is no problem with that. Those who try to plant this fear into the hearts of voters should really take a lesson in US government.
Another fear that proponents on Prop 102 are proposing is that same-sex relationships will be taught in schools. Well, I hate to break it to you but educators are--more than likely--going to do their best to inform children of what is going on in the world around them. It is not a teacher's job to teach a child right from wrong, rather a parent should do their best to present the facts to children and help them understand the reasons they believe as they do. Turning a blind eye to the fact that same-sex couples are raising families accomplishes nothing in terms of "protecting" a child from what many consider to be sinful. Of course I do not advocate elementary aged children being taught the ins and outs of what goes on in the bedrooms of homosexuals (or heterosexuals for that matter) but there is nothing wrong with them acknowledging that there are many different family makeups in the world while being guided and directed by their parents in regards to these matters.

The bottom line...same-sex couples will exist in the world and will raise families just like "traditional" couples do. We can either embrace them with love and equality and share in the joy of their families or we can shun them out of fear and ignorance. We can grant them equal treatment to encourage a stable family situation or place a stumbling block to their ability to live the American dream of liberty and justice for ALL. Let's focus on initiatives that truly strengthen families of every kind instead of dividing people into unnecessary subclasses.
Please join me in voting NO on Prop 102 in AZ or (if you live in CA) NO on Prop 8. Thank you!


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with what you said more. Very well written, I hope you don't mind that I share this!



Jesse said...

Look at you getting all political. You should run for office some day.

I'll have to agree with you. Whether you support same sex marriage or not, it's not something the government should be involved in.

The fact that it's a major political topic in our country while there are so many other issues is almost laughable. The economy is swirling down the toilet bowl and people are out trying to make sure something that has absolutely no effect on their lives doesn't happen.

Melissa Johnson said...

I really wish I would have seen this earlier than today just to let you know that you are contradicting yourself and ignorant to what prop 102 or prop 8 are trying to accomplish! The government is not trying to get "involved in marriage" rather than simply define what constitutes marriage. Like you mentioned in your blog.... we live in a country which came to be a sanctuary for those persecuted in Europe, here they established a democracy where the voice of the people should "rule", in a sense. Since marriage is a legal contract and enforced by the laws of the land why would it not need to be defined by the law set up by the people and for the people. If you do not want the government to be involved then we should just stick with the traditional view that marriage is and has been a contract between one man and one women. No one is taking away any rights here, we are simply establishing that marriage means that one man and one woman have a legal agreement that they will stick together until death. Just as Mr. is for a man and Mrs. is for a woman there are some things that must be defined. Fortunately we have a government who will not simply define it for us but give us the opportunity to define what we believe it is, whether for religious, cultural or traditional reasons.
Kind of sad that while you fight for so many "families" to not be destroyed by us simply defining the word marriage you are destroying your own by making them feel they are trying to take away the rights of others. How is that not persecution? Allow them to worship and believe as they will just as you ask the same!!!

Allen said...

Hey Melissa,
I'm writing this post-election. The decision has been made (by the people) to amend the AZ Constitution to state that marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman. I am saddened by this decision, however it will not change the fact that same-sex couples will continue to love each other and raise families just like "traditional" couples do. I just hope that love and kindness can be extended by people on both sides of the issue to insure liberty and justice for all. Nobody wants to step on anyone's toes here and I wish more people could see that.

Brent said...

lol. Who thinks the Founders of this nation established a Democracy? Regardless of your political views or interpretations of the Constitution, some of these fundamental concepts should be common sense. lol There are document upon document fearing the creation of a democracy... lol, maybe people should go back to school before speaking of the Founders.