Tuesday, November 4, 2008

OK, I'll bite...back

Out of compassion and love for certain friends and family and because I myself have been so torn over the issue, I deliberately chose not to discuss Prop 8 online (although I did go on Facebook at least once to defend a courageous friend), but today I'm breaking my silence. I just saw the latest "anti" video that's going live today. I won't dignify it with a link or a rebuttal here, but if you haven't heard about it I will tell you it is mean and it's based on one great falsehood that has played prominently in one side of the campaigning.

I won't pretend to understand what it's all about, but I do know one thing:

Prop 8 is not about anyone taking away anyone else's rights. The rights are already in place by law. I know this because I took the time to read the California Family Code.

297.5. (a) Registered domestic partners shall have the same rights,
protections, and benefits, and shall be subject to the same
responsibilities, obligations, and duties under law, whether they
derive from statutes, administrative regulations, court rules,
government policies, common law, or any other provisions or sources
of law, as are granted to and imposed upon spouses.


wendy said...

Thanks, Dalene. I was too chicken and didn't know enough to bring it up in a good way. :)

So . . . I was originally kind of torn over this matter, ever-so-little, because I have had a close friend who is homosexual and I have close friends who have close friends/family who are. Not that I wouldn't vote for prop 8, but that it wasn't such a cut and dry decision for me.

Knowing California Family Code, it's been easier to feel more strongly in favor of Prop 8, too feel fewer "yeah, buts."

Also, hearing things such as there is a church in a gay marriage state that has lost it's tax exempt status because it wouldn't allow a homosexual marriage to be performed on its property and was sued for it . . . that sort of thing gives me an idea of some of the legal implications of having gay marriages legalized; it is not a good idea to legalize it if churches will be punished for upholding a standard.

If anybody is about to let me have it, be gentle, okay?

Mrs. Organic said...

In MA, they give "how-to" assemblies after school. That, alone, is enough to make me feel that they are commandeering society's definition to normalize or justify their lifestyle choice and possibly recruit especially when current code already gives them everything but the name (marriage)they're after.

I don't think that's fair.
(I hope my comment doesn't cross the line).