Monday, November 10, 2008

Proposition 8

One of the more widely discussed outcomes from this past week's voting around the country is the "Yes" win on Proposition 8 in California. The short version is as follows:
  • Changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
  • Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
  • To the surprise of many around the country, strongly liberal California passed this measure 52.3% - 47.7%. There are very strong posts about the measure by Northern Light (celebrating the result) and Holy Hyrax (explaining why he thinks Prop 8 passed), while Nephtuli - not discussing Prop 8 per se - explains why he is not against SSM (same-sex marriage) on his blog, though I argued against some of his reasoning in the comments. In addition, HH has some truly troubling links in his post, including a school in Illinois which had 14-year old students attend a pro-homosexuality seminar and sign a confidentiality agreement not to tell their parents.

    Personally, I've never understood what the desire is on the part of the gay community. If they wish for equal rights and equal opportunities under the law, they already have this with the advent of civil unions. If gays wish to say there are situations where they are treated differently, such as visitation rights, then work on making those equal as well. But to fight consistently to allow gay marriage is silly: Either argue that the institution of marriage is 'wrong' because it discriminates against any non-monogamous, heterosexual union, or just ignore it. To redefine it to be more broad is simply making the word meaningless, by allowing it to mean whatever suits your goals - and if it must lose all meaning for it to include gays, why would they care to have it at all.

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