Same Sex Marriage?

15 10 2008

I usually do not get very involved in politics.  This is something that I know I need to work on, especially in the political climate that we are in where government officials are legislating what is moral and what is not.  

I currently attend BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, ID and you may be surprised that the political issue I feel most passionate about at this time does not even concern the state of Idaho; it is proposition 8 in California.  Prop. 8 concerns the issue of same sex marriage.  In the past the majority of the citizens of California have voted to reject the redefinition of marriage to incorporate members of the same sex that wish to be married.  Without getting into the details after this majority decision, four judges in the state of California overturned this decision to include same sex marriages in the definition of a family; currently same sex marriages are permitted in the state.

Prop. 8 is an opportunity of the citizens in California to again reject same sex marriages by voting yes in a little over two weeks.  Why care if gays wish to be married you might ask?  I care because of the national impact that will surely, but slowly come if California redefines marriage in this way.  

  • School curriculum will be changed to include this alternate life style so that school children know that this is a legal option to pursue.
  • Religious intolerance will grow to deny churches their religious freedoms to reject this alternate life style
  • Churches will surly encounter legal trouble if they teach against this life style
  • Ministers will be accused of discrimination if they refuse to marry same sex couples.        

These changes will not happen overnight, but they will inevitably follow as people continue to “push the envelope” of what is “morally” acceptable.

Check out the links to the right for more information.

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15 10 2008
Mistereks

Glad you are getting involved politically. More young people need to do so. But you should know that the consequences you list are,for the most part, false. I don’t blame you for this — there is a lot of misinformation out there.

But let’s look at what you said point by point:

“School curriculum will be changed to include this alternate life style so that school children know that this is a legal option to pursue.”

The only thing mandated by the state is that children be taught “the legal and financial aspects and responsibilities of marriage and parenthood.” For parenthood, you will have to discuss sex at some point. But the legal and financial aspects of civil marriage? No need at all to discuss sex or sexuality to teach those lessons.

But yes, children will learn this is a legal option to pursue. However, that will be true. Why should you have a problem with children learning the truth? If parents disagree with that point, they have every right to teach their children different. Just as creationists can teach their children that the earth is 6000 years old, not millions of years old as their geology textbooks teach. Just as some parents don’t like the school library having Harry Potter books on the shelves, others won’t like having “King and King” on the shelves.

“Religious intolerance will grow to deny churches their religious freedoms to reject this alternate life style”

Freedom of religion is in the First Amendment. If that’s not enough, if you read the May 15 Supreme Court decision, the justices say the EXACT OPPOSITE: “[A]ffording same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the designation of marriage will not impinge upon the religious freedom of any religious organization, official, or any other person; no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”

“Churches will surly encounter legal trouble if they teach against this life style”

See above.

“Ministers will be accused of discrimination if they refuse to marry same sex couples.”

See above.

Thanks for reading and for allowing comments on your blog.

16 10 2008
asimpletestimony

Thank you Mistereks for you comment and your thoughts. I encourage all people to express their point of view. You made some good points, it is especially comforting to me that an effort to protect religious freedom is stated directly in the May 15 Supreme Court decision; but let me clarify my position.

I do not maintain that there will be an immediate and devastating consequences if prop. 8 fails and gays are granted the opportunity to marriage; rather it will be slow and very subtle shifts, so slow that no one will notice.

I do not have children yet, but when I do, am I concerned that my children we decide to be gay because they were taught about this alternate life style at school one day?…No. Am I concerned that society will eventually become more accepting of this life style and that we will see an increase of people who choose to live this kind of life style?… Yes. If society on whole recognizes this as a valid life style, more people will naturally choose it.

Again I find comfort that the state is recognizing and protecting religious persuasions that may oppose this legislation. But my concern is still in the long run (many many years); as this alternate life style becomes increasingly more socially acceptable, there will naturally follow an increase of pressure for religions and ministers to acknowledge this form of marriage.

Thank you so much for your comments, I appreciate them.

I encourage you to watch the video on this link entitle “Elder David A. Bednar and a group of young adults from California discuss Proposition 8.”
http://www.preservingmarriage.org/videos.html

You can also get to it from the link to the right entitled “Preserving Marriage”. It is a discussion of the long term impacts of this legislation.

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