California Proposition 8

Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples To Marry

Summary:

Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. 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.

Homophobia is, simply, bigotry. I can’t believe that we, as a country, are still looking for groups of people to which we can deny rights.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Denying any loving couple the right to marry, denies them the pursuit of happiness. It also denies them equal rights under the law. The country has, of course, made serious and severe mistakes in the past, in which these rights were not upheld. The passage of Prop 8 would be another one of those mistakes, one I hope does not happen.

I am voting an adamant No on Prop 8.

Additional information is available at Ballotpedia.

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