The Slippery Slope of Prop 8

I’ve already written one post in opposition to Prop 8, and I’ve seen so many conflicting ads the last few days that I’ve been inspired to write again.

Passing Prop 8 will set off a slippery slope, where people can use personal beliefs to strip the civil rights of other individuals.  If you do not believe in gay marriage that is fine and the decision is up to you.  However, you should not be able to disallow the rights of others.

Proponents of Prop 8 say Churches will get sued and lose their tax-exempt status if they do not marry gay couples.  If Prop 8 fails, they will be forced to marry gays in their chruch.

Currently, will a Catholic church lose its tax-exempt status if they refuse to marry non-Catholics?  No.  I know of couples where one is Jewish and one is Catholic and they had to search for a church that would marry them.  Neither their Catholic church or Temple would allow it.  Did their churches lose their tax-exempt status?  No.

Churches refuse to marry people all the time because of their beliefs.  Prop 8 will not change any of this!

Another argument is that schools will teach gay marriage as early as kindergarten.  First, I think it is really low to drag children into this debate.  If you are an adult and are against gay marriage, that is fine.  Why do you have to use kids as pawns in your religious debate?

Each school district has established rules on the subject of sex education.  I know in my class, certain kids left the room during the lessons.  Their parents did not want them to be a part of the discussion.  Why not have the parents sign a waiver if gay marriage is going to be taught?  If you do not want your children learning about gay marriage, have the teacher pull them out of class.  It’s not that hard.

Or, they could just refer the questions of gay marriage to parents.  They do not need to address the subject, but if it comes up, the teacher could tell the child to ask their parents about it.

What needs to happen is better communication between parents and teachers.  We do not need to strip civil rights of millions of people because you don’t want your kid to learn about gay marriage.

Everyone has different religious beliefs.  I’ve heard the Adam and Eve argument over and over again as well.  It wasn’t Adam and Steve for a reason, is what they say.  Again, this is your personal belief.  Government should include the religious beliefs of what could be 51% of the population.  What’s next?  Do we not recognize Muslim marriages because they aren’t in the Bible?  I know this is extreme, but if we use religion to govern us, this could happen.

I urge everyone to vote NO on Prop 8.  Not because of how you feel on gay marriage, but because of how you feel about freedom and equality for all.  You can still be against gay marriage and your church can still choose not to marry gays.  However, it is not the government’s place to get involved in this set of beliefs, no matter what.  Passing Prop 8 will create a slippery slope where people can use their beliefs to discriminate against any race, gender or religion.  So, please separate your religious beliefs from your civic duty and vote No on 8.

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3 Responses to “The Slippery Slope of Prop 8”

  1. nrl4prop8 Says:

    I wrote a blog the other day on the Slippery Slope argument that is opposite of yours. Check it out and let me know what you think.

    http://nrl4prop8.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/why-i-am-voting-for-proposition-8-part-5/

  2. scrubgrub Says:

    I found a link both sides can agree is legitimate:

    These parental notification and consent policies apply only to sexual health education, HIV/AIDS prevention education, and related assessments. The law does not allow parents to remove their children from anti-harassment programs or other instruction that discusses gender, sexual orientation, or family
    life but does not discuss human reproductive organs and their functions.

    So no, I cannot pull my child from anything having to do with gay marriage.

  3. johnbisceglia Says:

    What about the children in California?
    Is Proposition 8 child abuse?
    Do children’s mental and emotional well-being matter?

    In California, imagine how SAFE the young children of gay or lesbian parents are feeling during this PROPOSITION 8 INSANITY.

    Would children feel SAFE if they knew other families were voting, for God’s sake, VOTING on whether their parents deserved the right to be married and treated fairly in society?

    How SAFE would a boy feel knowing some parents and teachers do not believe his own family is the same as their families?

    How SAFE would a girl feel knowing some children do not believe her own family deserves “the same” as their families?

    Now even young children ECHO this intolerance on the playground, thanks to their parents hateful words and ideas. How sick for the children of the YES ON PROP 8 crowd to feel more deserving than other children and their parents! Many children already know and love their gay uncles, lesbian grandmothers, and other FAMILY MEMBERS who are LGBTI, so we have created a hideous world with PROPOSITION 8 and other amendments like it in the U.S. Children are living in a world where they are witnessing adults spending MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars FOR or AGAINST their FAMILY.

    Children deserve to grow up in a world where they BELONG.

    Children deserve to grow up feeling SAFE.

    How sick of a society that we ALLOW family rights to be VOTED ON?

    Straight and gay children are being raised by straight and gay parents, but the government forgot that we are ALL interconnected in our families and in society. So now PROPOSITION 8 has brought children into this culture war, a war based on the assumption that some families deserve more legal rights and protections than other families in times of sickness, death, and divorce [for starters]. SICK.

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