Family values reinforced with Yes on Prop 8

Jessica Johnson

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One of the most controversial issues that Californians face this election season is Proposition 8. On May 15, six judges on the California Supreme court declared Proposition 22 (2000) as unconstitutional. Proposition 22 was passed by 61% of Californians and defined marriage as between a man and a woman. As of June 17, 2008 same- sex marriage was valid and recognized by the state of California.

The biggest objection is the fact that four judges overturned Proposition 22 that 61% of Californians voted against. To discredit religion in the argument would be acceptable but hard to do. Most people base their decision of same-sex marriage by what they are taught in church.

According to the New International Version, it is very clear on how God feels about homosexuality. In Genesis Chapter 19, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah over the issue of men in the town who were having homosexual relations with other men. The word “sodomy” originates from the town of Sodom because they were having homosexual relations. Another verse in Leviticus 18 says, ” Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; this is detestable”.

That said, God’s plan for marriage was for a man and a woman to be joined as one and multiply. I do however understand that not everyone holds the religious views I do, especially because this nation has turned its back on God. This nation has said the world of God is not relevant because it doesn’t fit into their plan for their life. Americans have forgotten that God created them for a purpose to spread His Gospel and lead others to Christ. The homosexual agenda in this generation is a complete slap in the face to God and Christians in this country.

The latest attack is on the public school system. Recently, a commercial was aired where a little girl told her mother what she learned at school. She went on to tell her mother that she could marry a prince or a princess. Imagine how shocked the mother was to learn that the public school system was perverting her child’s mind and corrupting the little girl’s values taught by her parents. I sure don’t want my ten-year-old brother being taught that being gay is right. My siblings and I were raised in a Christian home, with Christian values and I don’t know who the California Board of Education thinks they are but this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I want to be able to enjoy a day at the zoo without having to explain why two men are holding hands.

Where do we draw the line in this issue? Gay couples say that being gay makes them happy and they see nothing wrong with it, but what if I said sleeping with children makes me happy? Should we tolerate that simply because it is my preference? Absolutely not and that is why the line must clearly be drawn that marriage is a sacred vow between a man and a woman. The public school system will be teaching school children that there is no difference between a homosexual and heterosexual couple because both couples are happy. I don’t want my school-aged siblings or future children to be taught this. According to, a lesbian teacher from San Francisco took her first grade class to her wedding and was even backed up by the schools interim director, Liz Jaroflow, chalking it up to “academically justifiable”.

Even worse, gays are asking priests and pastors to marry them, even though it’s clearly against their religious beliefs. If a doctor were a Christian would they perform abortions? Absolutely not. This is another example how the homosexual community is pushing its beliefs on believers.

The issue is not that difficult. I recently spoke to my brother about being gay and how he felt. I was amazed when he told me that it is like a puzzle and gay people’s puzzle doesn’t fit. Even though it was funny and humorous, I was so proud that he was able to understand a concept that most adults can’t figure out. If God wanted homosexual relations then everyone would be able to have children, but this isn’t the case.

It’s not a complicated issue and it seems like the group that preaches fairness and tolerance is just the opposite when it lashes out on religious groups for not agreeing with them. A couple in Los Angeles was vandalized when someone scraped a “Vote Yes on Prop 8” sticker off of their car and pulled up their yard signs.

I don’t hate homosexuals I simply believe that it isn’t apart of God’s plan and I don’t think it’s fair for gay couples to get the same treatment as a heterosexual couple. Proposition 8 will not take away their rights to be gay and practice that in their daily lives but will be reserved as a title for heterosexual couples only. I certainly don’t want my elementary age brother to be taught that being gay is okay.

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