Sunday, September 28

On a Serious Note...

I feel very passionate about this Proposition.

I spent tonight reading up on Prop 8, and then headed to a website to see the donation from other LDS families. I am proud to be apart of a coalition that wants to protect marriage. I was sent an email from an acquaintance, asking me to please vote no on prop 8, saying that this is a CIVIL issue. It is not. This is a MORAL issue, and I will VOTE YES! To keep marriage sacred and for my children, I will VOTE YES. Marriage has and should always be between a MAN and a WOMAN. If the California voters decide to change the definition of marriage, then there will be no stopping what marriage can become. That is not right. If Proposition 8 does not pass, these will be six consequences of that action. 

Read and Please VOTE YES ON PROP 8.

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Six Consequences the Coalition Has Identified If Proposition 8 Fails

1. Children in public schools will have to be taught that same-sex marriage is just as good as traditional marriage.
The California Education Code already requires that health education classes instruct children about marriage.

Therefore, unless Proposition 8 passes, children will be taught that marriage is between any two adults regardless of gender. There will be serious clashes between the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children their own values and beliefs.

2. Churches may be sued over their tax exempt status if they refuse to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their religious buildings open to the public. Ask whether your pastor, priest, minister, bishop, or rabbi is ready to perform such marriages in your chapels and sanctuaries.

3. Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father.  Catholic Charities in Boston already closed its doors in Massachusetts because courts legalized same sex marriage there.

4. Religions that sponsor private schools with married student housing may be required to provide housing for same- sex couples, even if counter to church doctrine, or risk lawsuits over tax exemptions and related benefits.

5. Minister who preach against same-sex marriages may be sued for hate speech and rish government fines.  It already happened in Canada, a country that legalized gay marriage.  A recent Faliornia court held that municipal employees may not say: "traditional marriage," or "family values" because,after the same-sex marriage case, it is "hate speech."

6. It will cost you money.  This change in the definition of marriage will bring a cascade of lawsuits, including some already lost (e.g., photographers cannot now refuse to photograph gay marriages, doctors cannot now refuse to perform artificial insemination of gays even given other willing doctors).  Even if courts eventually find a favor of a defender of traditional marriage (highly improbable given today's activist judges), think of the money-your money- that will be spent on such legal battles.

And think of all the unintended consequences that we cannot even foresee at this time. Where will it end?

It's your children, your grandchildren, your money, and your liberties.

Lets work together to protect them.

13 love notes:

Amy said...

YES! We sent in our donation, and are planning on voting YES on Prop 8! We are getting a sign in our yard next week I think, and I think they were passing around bumper stickers in church (I was was sick) Good post Jen!

jenny said...

i have been so surprised at how many people are against this proposition here. people think it's discrimination or just plain don't care.

i love your six consequences if it passes. that is what i wish was on that flier they have us passing around. would you mind if i put that on my blog?

Jen Scott said...

go for it jenny! I don't think people know some of the consequences. My friend go these six things in her ward. I will mail it to you.

Sheryl and Ian Bennett said...

Nice work Jen! I hope it passes--it makes me so sad to think of the consequences that will surely happen if it doesn't.

Michele said...

Jen - I would like the email too so I can post all of this on my blog and on facebook!! Good job!

Emily C said...

great post Jen. Very thorough. I'm definitely voting yes to prop 8. i also read today that besides the 5 million dollars that is already raised in support of "no" for prop 8, they even got Attorney General Jerry Brown to rewrite the official description of Proposition 8 in order to bias voters against the measure.

i really hope it doesn't pass.

and yes! let's get together for a girls night saturday!!! do you have a babysitter?

The Flying V said...

good on you mate. i'm really glad you posted these points. i will be voting yes on prop 8. its sad what our world is coming to:(

Becca said...

After our talk in the bay area about this prop I have been talking to a lot of people out here in Indiana. There are many out here that would vote yes if we could from here. After conference, I hope that all the saints in California listen and follow your lead!!

newmsies said...

Wow!! I wish I lived in California so that I could vote for prop 8! What a crazy world we live in! Also, Body World has come to Utah and I keep thinking of you guys I want to go see the exhibit so bad.

Angie said...

For those of us in Florida, it's amendment 2. Same deal. We need to vote YES to protect it in all the states, since congress refuses to do it on a national scale. I'm so glad to see you are passionate about this. It is so important.


Hepworths said...

The Govt shouldn't be involved in moral issues.

tiff said...

Thanks, Jen. I loved what you wrote and I'm proud that you're my cuz. I love you, girl!

Since we can't vote on it, we'll be praying for you guys in California and Florida.

.·:*¨¨*:·.Hep*Hep*Hooray said...

FYI, the momronsformarriage website was written by a GAY Mormon. don't waste your time visiting it. We're voting yes!