What “Yes” on Proposition 8 Means

October 23, 2008 at 4:55 am Leave a comment

In Fresno, a Catholic priest who recently came out to his parishioners
asked them to imagine they have just discovered they are gay. “How
would you feel when you saw a car with a ‘Yes on 8’ bumper sticker?”


In San Diego, a group opposing Proposition 8 calls itself
“Californians Against Hate.” In San Jose, two women parked in front of
a house that had a large “Yes on 8” banner. They spray painted their
own car to turn it into a billboard saying “Bigots Live Here.”

Given all these episodes, I would like for the gays and lesbians of
California to know what I mean by the “Yes on Proposition 8” sign in my
yard. I want you to know what I am saying, and what I’m not saying, by
driving around with a “Yes on Prop 8” sticker. Some opponents of
Proposition 8 seem to view it as a referendum on whether we like gay
people. I do not share this view. From my perspective, it would be
tragic for the gays and lesbians of California to believe that every
house with a Yes on 8 sign in the yard is inhabited by someone who
hates them.

I’m voting yes on 8, not because of my views of gays and lesbians,
but because of my views about marriage. I view marriage as a
gender-based institution that attaches mothers and fathers to each
other and to their children. Those of us who support Proposition 8
believe that children deserve at least the chance to have a
relationship with a mom and a dad. That isn’t hateful toward anyone.

We have watched as the small children of Massachusetts were taught
about homosexuality in their public schools. We believe parents should
decide when and what to teach their children about homosexuality, in
accordance with their values, and their perception of their child’s
maturity. We have trouble believing that the well-being of gays and
lesbians really depends on children reading King and King in
kindergarten.

We believe the California Supreme Court greatly overstepped its
bounds. Their decision did more than legalize same sex marriage. The
Court declared that requiring spouses to be of the opposite sex counts
as discrimination. Religious groups that act on the belief that
marriage is between a man and a woman, are henceforth engaged in
unlawful discrimination.

The Court also increased the level of judicial scrutiny given to
sexual orientation discrimination cases, giving same sex couples the
highest possible level of protection. This means that in contests
between religious liberty and sexual orientation discrimination,
religious liberty would almost always lose. The Court’s ruling gave
gays and lesbians new grounds on which to sue religious people, and a
higher probability of winning than before. Fair-minded Californians of
all political persuasions don’t want every church-related activity
threatened with legal harassment. Every marriage preparation class,
every pre-school, every adoption agency, every high school, every teen
youth group is potentially covered by the Court’s ruling. Voting Yes on
Proposition 8 is one of the few ways ordinary citizens can protest.
They are not saying they hate gay people: they are saying the Court is
out of control.

Millions of people are going to vote Yes on Prop 8. People of every
religion and no religion are going to vote Yes on Prop 8. People with
gay loved ones are going to vote Yes on Prop 8. It would be tragic, and
completely unwarranted, for gay men and lesbians to conclude that these
people hate them.

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is the Founder
and President of the Ruth Institute, and an official spokesman for
Proposition 8. Please call Jamie at 760-295-9278 to schedule Dr. Morse
for interviews.

Source: Christian Newswire

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