I just found out about a new website (at least new to me!) put up that supports Prop. 8, which states that it will take away the right of gays and lesbians to marry. It is called iprotectmarriage.com. It is put together by a church–no big surprise! The Church is called The Rock Church in San Diego and was created on July 8 of this year.
So this isn’t a religious issue? This ballot isn’t about a religious belief being pushed on the rest of us?
Anyway, there are some problems with this website.
Here is one example:
Prop. 8, the Protect Marriage ballot measure, is your chance to stop a small group of activists from redefining marriage for all of us.
Actually, it isn’t a small group of activists. Polls are showing that 54% of voters are against taking away a right that has already been given. That, by far, isn’t a small group of activists. If anything, those who are for taking away the rights of gays and lesbians are starting to look like they are the small group.
It also gives a number of statements about this ballot issue. They claim to tell people how it will affect their:
Marrying a same-sex lover isn’t a civil right.
Prop. 8 isn’t out to remove rights. In America, we all have the "right" to have a relationship. But what about the legal right to marry?
- For centuries, civil marriage protected society and children by making marriage a legal institution between a man and a woman.
- On March 7, 2000, 61% of California voters passed Prop. 22 — to keep marriage between a man and a woman.
- On May 15, 2008, four judges overturned the will of voters and said same-sex marriage was a "right."
The question is, why stop there? If gays have a right to get married, then how can they say a man doesn’t have the right to marry his daughter, or a minor, or three women?
The same-sex marriage movement has more to do with validation and social respect than legal rights. But the cost to the rest of society is far too much to pay.
Right off the bat, this church tells a lie. Prop. 8 specifically states that it will take away the right of gays and lesbians to marry. And notice that they don’t say how it will affect the rights of others.
This is probably the most offensive part of this website. The writers of this ballot issue wanted to state that it would force young children to be indoctrinated. The court struck out that because that wasn’t true. The rest of it states:
This isn’t just about adults and their desires. Prop. 8 puts children first.
Marriage between a man and a woman goes far beyond procreation.
While death, divorce, and other circumstances may prevent it in many cases, the best environment for raising children is traditional marriage. More than ten thousand studies document significant advantages kids experience when raised by committed and loving moms and dads.
- Lower poverty rates: On average kids from never married homes spend 51% of their childhood in poverty compared to only 7% for kids in married homes
- Lower crime rate: Kids from married homes are less than half as likely to end up in jail as children of broken homes
- Lower suicide rate: Kids from married homes are six times less likely to commit suicide than those from divorced homes
- Better health: Kids from married homes are generally physically and emotionally healthier when they reach adulthood than kids from unmarried homes
So denying the right that gays and lesbians have now will protect children? I find it interesting that this group states that marriage goes beyond procreation. Hmmm. Why is it that the first thing these anti-gay activists will say is that two men or two women can’t make a baby?
They list the ‘benefits’ of a ‘traditional’ marriage. And notice the # 10,000. Do they list a SINGLE source for this? Nope. That is a bit suspicious. The Benefits they list have nothing to do with gays and lesbians being parents. Notice that all they do is talk about divorce! Why isn’t this website about making divorce illegal?
The next issue they take up is churches:
If Prop. 8 loses, churches likely will face lawsuits and persecution if they don’t perform same-sex ceremonies.
Churches, synagogues, mosques and other centers of worship have beliefs, practices, and traditions they use to determine what heterosexual couples must meet prior to marriage. That isn’t bias; that’s freedom of religion.
The government doesn’t (as of yet) tell faith-based groups who they can…
- accept for a bar mitzvah
- qualify for any other religious function.
If same-sex marriage remains legal, what will happen if a church or religious institution refuses to perform a marriage ceremony for individuals that runs contrary to its belief system? If it refuses, it may be accused of discrimination and be subject to a lawsuit. That is not freedom of religion.
The key word they give here is ‘likely.’ This is all one big lie. The marriages that are being performed in the state of California are CIVIL CEREMONIES. This has nothing to do with a church–any church. This is really a non-issue and this group knows it. The government is not going to force a religious organization to perform anything. The Catholic Church now WILL NOT marry a protestant couple. Is that religious discrimination? Is it? NO.
And their ridiculous list goes on.
They also have a section titled Facts. But please look at it. I was assuming that it would have facts about the ballot issue. They give nine ‘facts.’ Only the first two have something to do with the issue that they created this website for. The rest have absolutely nothing to do with the marriage issue at all! One gives the statistics on HIV status in this country. What does this have to do with allowing gays and lesbians to marry? Why is this? You would think that the people who are against the right of gays and lesbians to marry would be able to come up with more than two relevant facts about this issue…