So, I went out for my run this morning/afternoon here in sunny California and noticed that a few neighbors had Vote Yes on Prop 8 signs. I had not realized that my own neighbors were buying into tyranny. I also noticed that they urged people to check out the Protect Marriage web site. Being the fair minded guy that I am, I did just that.
Of course, the first thing I wondered was, protect marriage from…what exactly? Two people of the same gender taking part in it? How does this protect marriage? I would think that by allowing two people who love each other and want to have a family to get married would strengthen the institution of marriage. Well, the first thing I see on the web site was a little flash slide which said, “Voting Yes on Prop. 8 means restoring traditional marriage.”. Now we’re getting somewhere. Wait a minute. I have a so-called traditional marriage. How exactly would not allowing same gendered folks from getting married restore my marriage, which, by the way, doesn’t really need restoring? Was traditional marriage somehow abolished when I wasn’t looking? Why does it need to be restored?
The next thing I saw on the web site was the Marriage Pledge. This has a series of questions starting with “Do you believe marriage should be between a man and a woman” and ends up with a pledge to support Prop. 8. Each question has a checkbox for choices to select. Of course, the checkbox options are “I do” and…wait..there’s only “I do”. They are obviously trying to make some cutesy analogy to a wedding ceremony, but what the hell is the point of checkbox choices if there is only 1 option? This is emblematic of the entire Proposition 8 movement. The removal of choices. The enforcement of bigoted tyranny by a theocratic mindset. Yes, if you look at the blog on their site, everything is church (should the IRS look into this?) and Bible College supported. Specifically by Dr. Phillip Goudeaux, Senior Pastor of Calvary Christian Center, Riverside Wesleyan Church in Sacramento, Dr. John Goetsch of West Coast Baptist College, Cornerstone Church in Fresno, First Baptist Church in Fresno, and more. They refer to churches busing people in to rallies. Make no mistake, this is a blatant attempt of religious intrusion into government.
Of course, the other point they hit several times is the same rubbish offered on the television commercials. That now our children will have to be taught about same sex marriage. I understand that this is actually not true in California, but even if it was, so what? If we ever have kids, that will not even be on the radar. If same gendered couples can get married, where is the actual harm in children being aware of that reality? I don’t know but perhaps it may actually help in removing some of the anti-gay type of language often heard in early school that may lead to bigoted attitudes later in life.