Once again a group supported by Randy Thomasson, a so-called family rights person, is trying to ban gay marriage here in California. They tried it last year, but failed.
Here is the pdf of the ballot initiative. Here is the initiative itself:
NOTE: Section 1 and 2 below are printed on the petition as a preamble to Section 3.
Section 3 is the only section that actually goes into the California State Constitution.
Section 1: Title
This amendment is The Voters’ Right to Protect Marriage Initiative.
Section 2: Marriage for One Man and One Woman Benefits Children, Families, and Society
The People of California have a compelling responsibility to protect the essence of marriage by ensuring that the civil institution of marriage between one man and one woman is not abolished or diminished. The People find that marriage between one man and one woman is diminished when government requires private entities to offer or provide rights, incidents, or benefits of marriage to unmarried individuals, or when government bestows statutory rights, incidents, or employee benefits of marriage on unmarried individuals. The People further find and declare it is in a child’s best interest to have a mother and a father, and that marriage rights for one man and one woman should be protected for the well-being of children, families, and society.
Section 3: Vote Yes to Protect Marriage from being Abolished or Diminished
Section 1.1 of Article I of the Constitution is added to read:
NOTE: Here are the clear, precise, and important words that The Voters’ Right to Protect Marriage Initiative would place into the California State Constitution:
SEC. 1.1. Only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California, whether contracted in this state or elsewhere. Neither the Legislature nor any court, government institution, government agency, initiative statute, local government, or government official shall abolish the civil institution of marriage between one man and one woman, or require private entities to offer or provide rights, incidents, or benefits of marriage to unmarried individuals, or bestow statutory rights, incidents, or employee benefits of marriage on unmarried individuals. Any public act, record, or judicial proceeding, from within this state or another jurisdiction, that violates this section is void and unenforceable.
I hope that our attorney general has the brains and the guts to read what this initiative says, since to me it is ridiculous. It wants to ensure that the "civil institution of marriage between one man and one woman is not abolished or diminished." In letting gays and lesbians marry, no one is trying to abolish straight marriage or diminish it. There isn’t too much more I can say about that because it is just plain common sense.
It also states that marriage is diminished when: "government requires private entities to offer or provide rights, incidents, or benefits of marriage to unmarried individuals, or when government bestows statutory rights, incidents, or employee benefits of marriage on unmarried individuals." So this is like saying that when an immigrant gets to vote, my vote is diminished. It is the same logic.
It also states that the ‘people’ believe that a mother and father is in the best interest of the child. Well then Randy Thomasson, fight to have divorce illegal. That would settle this very quickly. God hates divorce, and Christ forbid it–but you don’t see Thomasson and his little hate group fighting to make divorce illegal. Why not? Because they hate gays and lesbians. Besides, their little fundraising for themselves would go down the tube if they tried to make divorce illegal. Also–real scientific proof shows that children of gay families are just as adjusted as children of straight families.
Notice also that they are trying, through an initiative, to ban gay marriage and are using that initiative to ban other initiatives!
This initiative need to be stopped in its tracks–the attorney general needs to dump this initiative before it gets off the ground. I’ve just written Brown:
Dear Attorney General Brown,
I am writing to ask that you throw out the ballot initiative created by voteyesmarriage.com and Randy Thomasson. The basis for this ballot initiative is religion. Not all Californians hold the same religious beliefs of Randy Thomasson, and therefore this is really religious persecution. Please throw out the ballot initiative. Civil rights should not be put to the people, especially when it is based on religious persecution.
Dr. Kevin Kaatz
Let’s look at some facts about Randy Thomasson and his little non-profit (which is really, really little despite all the hot air that he puts out):
Randy Thomasson, as president of Campaign for Children and Families, received nearly $55,000 salary for working 40 hours a week (according to their 2005 990 tax form). Larry Bowler is the Chairman, Kurt Koch is secretary, Gary Bunch is treasurer (these three did not receive a salary). Their 2005 990 reports that they received just $200,000 in donations.
Their 990 from 2004 shows they received about $157,000 in donations. Randy Thomasson received about $25,000 in salary for working 40 hours a week (I hope he wasn’t working 30 hours a week at the same time for Campaign for California Families–below). The makeup of this group was the same as 2005.
Randy Thomasson was also the president of Campaign for California Families. Their 990 for 2004 shows they took in around $160,000. Thomasson was the executive director and received nearly $30,000 in salary, working 30 hours per week. Jack Napper was the chairman and Celito Lindo the secretary. Neither of these two received a salary. So what is their ‘primary exempt purpose’? "To defend the dearly held values of California families." In 2004 this organization donated everything to the Campaign for Children and Families (above) on June 21, 2004.
So remember these statistics and remember that the family you are helping is Randy Thomasson’s when you make a donation to this hatesite and its affiliated site of voteyesmarriage.