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Standing up for what is right.

I look around and it seems there are more tv adds, big names and signs for no to prop 8.  Maybe this is because they have big names donating big sums of money.  Regardless I talk with people face to face it seems many are undecided or quietly in agreement with what proposition 8 is about.  Why it is hard to stand up for what you know is right?

Elaine S. Dalton shared to following story in a talk she gave in April of 2008.

A young man I know well was elected to be the student body president at a large university. The university sent him to a leadership seminar where student leaders from across the United States gathered in Chicago, Illinois, to be trained and educated. They participated in an initial game outdoors on the college campus so that they could become acquainted with each other. The students were presented with current issues facing today’s youth and were asked to take a position. In response to the issue presented, they were directed to run to several trees in the grassy area marked “strongly agree,” “partially agree,” “strongly disagree,” or “mildly disagree.”

Toward the end of this exercise, the leader asked, “Do you believe in premarital sex?” Without hesitation, this young man ran to the tree marked “strongly disagree.” To his amazement, he was the only one there! All the other student leaders were laughing and pointing at him and saying, “Oh, Jess, you are so funny. We all know you’re not really serious.” At that moment Jess said he knew exactly what he must do and so he loudly declared, “I’m not funny. I’m serious!” There was a stunned silence, and then the group dispersed, leaving Jess standing alone by the tree. He felt out of place and yes, weird. But he wasn’t weird. He was right. And he was not alone. During the week, many of the student leaders came to him privately and said that they wished they had known years earlier what he knew.”

I think it is hard to stand up and say I agree with Prop 8 because it is not the popular thing, neither is it culturally acceptable not to embrace all peoples actions.  But that doesn’t excuse us from taking a stand when it isn’t popular.

And so I challenge you all to stand up for what is right.  Protect traditional marriage.  Vote Yes to 8.

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For my children and others—Vote Yes to Prop 8

While I believe some people are naturally attracted to others of the same gender, I hold to a traditional value that you shouldn’t have sex outside of marriage and that marriage should be between a man and a woman. I have lived up to this standard personally and I plan on teaching this value to my children. My personal code of conduct really is not the trend society teaches, and so teaching my children my value system will be an uphill battle. I will have to combat the sex education they receive in school and the peer influence as well. But if Prop 8 doesn’t pass, then homosexuality may be brought up as early as kindergarten. As hard to imagine as it is, this is true.

“Children in public schools will have to be taught that same-sex marriage is just as good as traditional marriage. The California Education Code (§51890) already requires that health education classes instruct children about marriage. Therefore, unless Proposition 8 passes, children will be taught that marriage is a relation between any two adults regardless of gender.” yesformarriage.com

We really don’t know all the ramifications that will come as a result of this ruling. Many people think by voting no to prop 8 they are just letting a gay or lesbian couple have the label of marriage. But they don’t think about all the things that this will impact. And for that matter, I don’t think we know. Hopefully we just won’t have to ever find out.

OK that is enough for today. Please vote Yes to Proposition 8 and spread the word on why!!

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The case of the uninformed voter.

I consider myself politically active in one way, and up until this moment, only one. I vote!!! I figure you only have the right to complain about our elective officials and the laws they pass if you vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have anything backing up your complaints. I was raised in a home where my father was a republican and my mother was a democrat. Starting when I turned 18, I attended the republican caucus with my dad, and then attended the democratic caucus with my mom. This continued for a few years until I found what I personally believed. Even with attending caucuses and voting in every election I can recall since turning 18, I have been guilty of being an uninformed voter. I have voted because of a sign I have seen more frequently, but not really knowing both sides of the issue. And, unfortunately, I am sure I am not alone. I fear that Proposition 8 will NOT pass in California because people will be uninformed as they vote. The more I learn about Proposition 8 the more I am convinced that we should VOTE YES on Prop 8. The reason I am writing this blog is to help inform voters about what passing Proposition 8 will do and what it will NOT do.

And so I begin….

I moved to California in September. I was aware before I arrived that there was measure to define marriage between a husband and wife on the November ballot. Without knowing any other information I figured I would vote yes. I was shocked that the only politics I heard discussed was around prop 8 and that almost all the political signs were also around prop 8. After many discussion, I concluded that I needed to become more informed and that others also needed to become informed about the ramifications of Proposition 8. So I hope over the next few weeks to help educate the general public about proposition 8, and I hope more of us will walk into the voting booth as informed voters on this important subject.

Here is a good video that is rather informative.  I hope it helps you learn a bit.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI-GjWY-WlA

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