I'm re-posting an email that a buddy of mine sent around to some of his friends. In this email, my friend explains why he's voting "NO on Proposition 8" this November, and I think it pretty well sums up my own feelings about it all, as well.
Here it is:
This is mostly to my friends who haven't paid attention to Prop 8. If you have, cool. But I am hoping to open some eyes to those who may decide to "skip" this PROP when you're voting. I'm sorry to be "soliciting" here, but this one I feel VERY, VERY strongly about. I hope maybe you will too.
Voting YES on Prop 8 will take away a gay person's right to marry. Period.
A lot of people voting YES have stated, "It's going to be taught in our schools... It isn't fair that they will teach something I think is 'morally objectionable'." I encourage you to read this article in which Hilary McLean, spokeswoman for Jack O'Connell, the STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION has to really say about that (on both sides):
And the frustrating thing is that even if it WERE taught in schools (and yes, you'll hear the Maryland story and the SF "gay wedding field trip" a million times), it's your right to tell your children otherwise if you wish, when they come home. I certainly don't think Columbus founded America, yet some teacher is going to tell my child that, and I will tell them otherwise.
Also, people think a lot of things are "morally objectionable." That doesn't mean it should be hidden. And if someone tells your child one thing, like marriage is between two PEOPLE and you believe it should only be "Man & Woman", then tell your child that. Whatever. It's your right. I don't agree, but it's your right. God forbid we have an open dialogue with our children.
"They can't pro-create." This one kills me. Especially when I see my adopted friends who are now happy and healthy HETEROSEXUAL adults and were raised by gay parents. Even IF their child were to be gay, who cares! It's not YOUR child! I digress. Also, how much more insulting can you be to a heterosexual couple that is unable to have children? They can't technically pro-create, right? I guess they shouldn't get married either.
The bottom line is that YES on 8 people say "We are not taking away anyone's rights. They can still have 'civil unions' blah blah blah". YES, they ARE. They are taking away a gay person's RIGHT to marry in the way that ALL of us have the right to marry. It is basically stating that "we will not put you in our definition of marriage because you are not as moral as we are." It's ridiculous.
"I don't want marriage to be redefined." You'll hear that too.
Well, there was a time when a lot of people didn't want marriage to include BLACKS and would also use bible passages as reasoning. This same fight happened when a white man was unable to marry a black woman because marriage's "definition" did not include whites marrying blacks. And THIS was changed. Imagine if it hadn't been?
And speaking of bible passages, anyone who tells you "It's in the bible that homosexuality is a sin" is HIGHLY ARGUABLE. And there are a lot of things one could use to show the hypocrisy in using the bible as reasoning (like the many sins we should be stoned for that a lot of people have committed for centuries). Anyway, that's a whole other can of worms.
I could go on forever about this. I'll just say this: I am a heterosexual man, happily married to a woman, a believer in God, and I AM VOTING NO ON PROP 8.
Just wanted to throw in my two cents to my friends who haven't thought about it at all.... not that my opinion means anything ;-) But I encourage you to open your minds and really think about it.