Thursday, October 2, 2008
PROTECT MARRIAGE AND FAMILIES
We've only been out of AZ for a month or so now, but we haven't forgotten about the most important voting props this coming November--Protect Marriage. Having family in CA, we are aware of the same vote going on there! Arizona and California both are facing this vote, which would amend the state constitution to ensure that only a marriage between a man and a woman would be legally recognized and not same-sex marriages. Seeing as we are now registered in Colorado, we can't make our voice heard at the polls. But..... we can help in other ways. If you want to help, go to the web sites to see how you can assist Arizona and California protect marriage in their states.
Your support could essentially affect the future of your own state amendment.
California - YES on Prop 8
Arizona - YES on Prop 102
GOES BEYOND MARRIAGE
A couple weeks ago, my sister posted some information about the implications of what would happen if this didn't pass. I really had no idea the far-reaching affects this could have on our schools, churches, communities, children, and most importantly families. I thought, as well, that this was just was about same-sex marriage. It's NOT. It goes way beyond that.
Read excerpts from this press release on lds.org:
"Legalizing same-sex marriage will affect a wide spectrum of government activities and policies. Once a state government declares that same-sex unions are a civil right, those governments almost certainly will enforce a wide variety of other policies intended to ensure that there is no discrimination against same-sex couples. This may well place 'church and state on a collision course.'
The prospect of same-sex marriage has already spawned legal collisions with the rights of free speech and of action based on religious beliefs. For example, advocates and government officials in certain states already are challenging the long-held right of religious adoption agencies to follow their religious beliefs and only place children in homes with both a mother and a father. As a result, Catholic Charities in Boston has stopped offering adoption services.Other advocates of same-sex marriage are suggesting that tax exemptions and benefits be withdrawn from any religious organization that does not embrace same-sex unions.
Public accommodation laws are already being used as leverage in an attempt to force religious organizations to allow marriage celebrations or receptions in religious facilities that are otherwise open to the public. Accrediting organizations in some instances are asserting pressure on religious schools and universities to provide married housing for same-sex couples. Student religious organizations are being told by some universities that they may lose their campus recognition and benefits if they exclude same-sex couples from club membership."
HOW WOULD SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AFFECT SOCIETY?
"Perhaps the most common argument that proponents of same-sex marriage make is that it is essentially harmless and will not affect the institution of traditional heterosexual marriage in any way. “It won’t affect you, so why should you care?’ is the common refrain. While it may be true that allowing single-sex unions will not immediately and directly affect all existing marriages, the real question is how it will affect society as a whole over time, including the rising generation and future generations. The experience of the few European countries that already have legalized same-sex marriage suggests that any dilution of the traditional definition of marriage will further erode the already weakened stability of marriages and family generally. Adopting same-sex marriage compromises the traditional concept of marriage, with harmful consequences for society.
Aside from the very serious consequence of undermining and diluting the sacred nature of marriage between a man and a woman, there are many practical implications in the sphere of public policy that will be of deep concern to parents and society as a whole. These are critical to understanding the seriousness of the overall issue of same-sex marriage.
As just one example of how children will be adversely affected, the establishment of same-sex marriage as a civil right will inevitably require mandatory changes in school curricula. When the state says that same-sex unions are equivalent to heterosexual marriages, the curriculum of public schools will have to support this claim. Beginning with elementary school, children will be taught that marriage can be defined as a relation between any two adults and that consensual sexual relations are morally neutral. Classroom instruction on sex education in secondary schools can be expected to equate homosexual intimacy with heterosexual relations. These developments will create serious clashes between the agenda of the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children traditional standards of morality.
The final line in the Proclamation on the Family is an admonition to the world from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve: “We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.” This is the course charted by Church leaders, and it is the only course of safety for the Church and for the nation. "
After reading this and doing more research, I am even more convinced that we MUST do something. This is no longer about tolerance and definitely not about discrimination. We have to PROTECT marriage and FIGHT to have these core moral values upheld in our society.
Don't forget to register to vote!
A video of the future of school curriculum if these don't pass: