- The Issue
California voters passed Proposition 22 in 2000 by more than 61%, saying that a marriage in California is between a man and a woman. Earlier this year, four activist judges based in San Francisco wrongly overturned the people's vote, legalizing same-sex marriage.
- The Consequences
The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage did not just overturn the will of California voters; it also redefined marriage for the rest of society, without ever asking the people themselves to accept this decision. This decision has far-reaching consequences. For example, because public schools are already required to teach the role of marriage in society as part of the curriculum, schools will now be required to teach students that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage, starting with kindergarteners. By saying that a marriage is between “any two persons” rather than between a man and a woman, the Court decision has opened the door to any kind of “marriage.” This undermines the value of marriage altogether at a time when we should be restoring marriage, not undermining it.
- The Solution
Vote YES on Proposition 8 to overturn the outrageous Supreme Court decision and restore the definition of marriage that was approved by over 61% of voters. Proposition 8 is NOT an attack on gay couples and does not take away the rights that same-sex couples already have under California’s domestic partner law. California law already grants domestic partners all the rights that a state can grant to a married couple. Gays have a right to their private lives, but not to change the definition of marriage for everyone else. Passing Proposition 8 protects our children and places into the Constitution the simple definition that a marriage is between a man and a woman.
- On the ballot, Prop 8 will simply read "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California."
I've stated before that, as a pastor, I will never endorse specific candidates, but this is NOT a political issue, and it shouldn't even be a government issue. This is a direct attack on our religious freedoms! If Prop 8 does not pass, churches will have to make the choice to either marry homosexual couples or limit the ceremony to only couples who are church members (by changing their by-laws). Weddings have always been a beautiful ministry of the church to our communities. This CA supreme court decision is severely limiting that ministry.
What will be next? How will the government limit our ministries in the future? WE CAN NOT ALLOW THIS!
The media and our culture will try to convince you that this is a civil rights issue and that if you don't vote NO then you're a bigot or a homophobe. This is not true - don't buy into it. Voting YES on Prop 8 does not make you a "gay-hater". It simply protects the institution of marriage by not allowing the government to redefine it.
I can't emphasize strongly enough how important the passage of this proposition is to churches in California. I'm sure a day will come in the future when churches and Christians are persecuted in this country for standing up for Biblical truths. But let's not usher in that era too early. Vote YES on Prop 8!