Here is the wording of Proposition 8. I find it amazing and cowardly that those who will vote yes refuse to say that their yes vote is to take away a right that has already been given. Yes, they are cowards. But I can understand. If I were going to do some discriminating against another group of people and do it proudly, I wouldn’t want to admit it openly either. Here is the wording:
ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Fiscal Impact: Over next few years, potential revenue loss, mainly sales taxes, totaling in the several tens of millions of dollars, to state and local governments. In the long run, likely little fiscal impact on state and local governments.
So what American would proudly vote to take away a right? In my humble opinion, this shouldn’t even be on the ballot. Does anyone know if there has ever been a right given, and then an election was held to take away a right? I’ve never heard of it before, but I could be wrong. I hope that lawyers will begin to look into the legality of this whole proposition, whether it passes or not. I would imagine that there are lawyers already looking into it. Hey–how about if we vote to take away the rights of single-parent families? Why don’t we vote to take away the rights of Christians to spread hate and ignorance? Why don’t we take away the rights of minorities in this country? Why don’t we do this (well, I am assuming that we won’t do this in the future, but once the gate has been opened, it can’t be closed)? Because it isn’t right. It isn’t American.
This also will lead to an interesting dilemma for me. For my employment by the State of California, I am asked to pledge my adherence to the State Constitution. But what happens if Prop. 8 passes? Do I have to pledge my allegiance to a Constitution that actively discriminates against me? Hmm. We’ll see about that.