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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Prop 8 Simplified

For one of the first times in my life, I am really concerned about a political issue. I have heard a lot about Prop 8 and have done some research. I found this video that does a good job of explaining what Prop 8 really means, and thought I would pass it on.

Hope that clears up some misconceptions!


Nate and Amy said...

Yeah for Prop 8! It is so reassuring to find these kinds of posts on blogs, even when the author is not a California resident. Those of us who live here and feel strongly about this issue have been working together. It is amazing how much misinformation there is out there. Marriage is between a man and a woman. If this doesn't pass, our basic rights and freedoms will be seriously impacted. Already, churches and religious institutions (like adoption agencies) are being shut down and losing tax exemption if they don't teach same-sex marriage. Government has no right to interfere with religious teachings! Vote yes on Prop 8 to protect families and freedom!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tara! I just wanted to clarify a couple of the things mentioned in the video. I don't mind if people support prop 8 if it is against their moral beliefs and they have studied it out, I just want everyone to have more information. Thanks for reading :)

-Yes, same sex couples receive rights and protection from the CA family code for domestic partnerships. However, separate is not equal as we learned from a time when blacks had separate restaurants and drinking fountains.

-CA has a law that says parents can object to their students learning about gay marriage, unlike Massachusetts. When I was a kid, we didn't celebrate holidays, and my teachers were always happy to provide other activities so I wasn't learning about Halloween etc.

--On why Catholic Charities closed, from the LA Times: "Catholic Charities acted as a state contractor, receiving state and federal money to find homes for special-needs children who were wards of the state, and it faced the loss of public funding if it did not comply with the anti-discrimination law. In contrast, LDS (for Latter-day Saints) Family Services runs a private adoption service without public funding. Its work, and its ability to follow its religious teachings, have not been altered."

--"The ruling does not affect churches' religious tax exemptions or their freedom to marry whom they please on their private property, just as Catholic priests do not have to perform marriages for divorced people and Orthodox synagogues can refuse to provide space for the weddings of interfaith couples." (The church in NJ lost it's tax exempt status because the property was not being taxed because it was open to public use, unlike the Temples and other church buildings which are private land.)

And really, I just wanted to clarify the facts in the video, not necessarily change any minds.