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Proposition 8: No on Gay Marriage Ban
Constitutional amendment against same sex marriage. The question of Gay marriage is a fundamental question about which rights, and rights for whom, are protected in this country. It is not so much about the institution of marriage or even if LGBT people want to get married at all. It is about the fact that they don’t even have the “right.”  When “rights” are conditional for a certain group of people then all of our rights are conditional and can be taken away.

Titled: 1298. Limit on Marriage. Constitutional Amendment
See California Official Voter Information Guide Summary on Prop 8

Prop 8 was added to the November ballot after the CA State Supreme Court ruled that a previous voter initiative barring Gay marriage was unconstitutional.  The question of Gay marriage is a fundamental question about which rights, and rights for whom, are protected in this country. It is not so much about the institution of marriage or even if LGBT people want to get married at all. It is about the fact that they don’t even have the “right.”  When “rights” are conditional for a certain group of people then all of our rights are conditional and can be taken away, as seen with Blacks after U.S. reconstruction or the stripping of civil and human rights since 9/11.  Historically there have always “certain exceptions” to the freedom ideals in this country; slogans such as “all men are created equal” (except for Black people); everyone has the right to vote (except for women); right to marry (except for LGBT people).  Separate rights are by definition unequal rights.  It is not a coincidence that it is usually the people that already have the “rights” in question that decide whether or not the people that don’t have them are worthy of those sought after rights.

We understand that keeping Gay marriage illegal also violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment which refers to the principle that the government must respect all of a person’s legal rights, instead of just a limited set of legal rights for some.  The law against same-sex marriage also discriminates on the basis of sex because it makes one’s ability to marry depend on one’s gender.  We believe that the foundation of the anti-Gay marriage legislation comes from the Christian-Right and is steeped in homophobic rhetoric as if we need to engage in a Holy Crusade to protect the honor of the institution.  Interracial marriage at one time was also illegal in this country. If we continue to remain static and not expand the historical protections of rights then those rights will slip away even more rapidly.

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Also Opposed By

The ACLU Affiliates of California; Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California; CA Medical Association; CA Nurses Association; CA Teachers Association; CA School Counselors Association

Supporters

James Holman, San Diego newspaper publisher and major donor for past parental notification initiatives (Prop 73 and Prop 85); Right to Life California

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