The Six Consequences if Prop 8 Passes?

You may remember the document widely circulated during the weeks leading up to November 4th entitled, “The Six Consequences if Proposition 8 Fails”. It was used by Prop 8 supporters to remind voters that changing the definition of marriage would have far-reaching consequences. It wasn’t a simple vote about giving a group equal rights. Well, look where we are now! Twelve days after the election (Can you believe it’s only been twelve days?) and even though Proposition 8 passed, it feels like we’re in worse shape than before. Let’s review “The Six Consequences” in light of recent events:

1. Children in public schools will have to be taught that same-sex marriage is just as good as traditional marriage.

Check. So far, two California schools that we know of have begun the indoctrination, Faith Ringgold School and Creative Arts Charter School. How long will it take until we become like Massachusetts?

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.

Check. Have you seen the backlash against the Mormon church just because some of its members were involved in the coalition to protect marriage? Gay marriage supporters have even created a website to revoke the LDS Church’s 501(c)(3) tax status. Who can doubt that equal rights lawsuits over the use of religious buildings won’t be next?

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.

Not yet. But, let’s not forget what has already happened in other states. The Protect Marriage website explains as follows:

“In one well publicized case, Catholic Charities in Boston ran adoption facilities that managed 700 cases since 1987, most involving children with special needs. Catholic Charities placed such children into parents in traditional marriages, according to their faith. After gay marriage was legalized in Massachusetts, the state told Catholic Charities it had to place children with gay marriage couples as well. Faced with such a decision, Catholic Charities reluctantly decided to stop providing adoption services.
Another religious non-profit, Ocean Grove Campground in New Jersey, lost a portion of its tax-exempt status on a rental pavilion because it refused to rent the facility to a lesbian couple for a civil commitment ceremony.”

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.

Not yet, as far as I know.

5. Ministers who preach against same-sex marriages may be sued for hate speech and risk government fines.

Worse than getting sued, religious groups who oppose gay marriage are having their church services disrupted, like what happened in Delta Township and to the Los Angeles Mormon temple

6. It will cost you money.

Whose taxes are paying for the police presence at all of these gay rights protests? Not Melissa Etheridge’s! She and other gays are refusing to pay taxes until their “rights” are recognized. Sounds like this is getting pretty expensive!

Hold your breath! A fourth lawsuit has been filed to invalidate Proposition 8, and the California Supreme Court says they should have a decision soon. With all the consequences we’ve endured after prop 8 passed, heaven help us if prop 8 fails in the courts!


2 comments so far

  1. ivoteyesonprop8 on

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Great post. I can’t believe the election was only a little over two weeks ago either…

  2. TrueBlueDyedInTheWool on

    I am not even going to go into how incorrect and slanted these statements are. Just like PETA does with their unfair animal stories, these statements and “changes” are taken out of context or shown in a manner most suitable for your cause. The one I will address is

    6. It will cost you money.

    Whose taxes are paying for the police presence at all of these gay rights protests? Not Melissa Etheridge’s! She and other gays are refusing to pay taxes until their “rights” are recognized. Sounds like this is getting pretty expensive!

    Are you SERIOUSLY going to imply that gay peoples taxes don’t pay for the police that are supervising the protests. How about the protests of the Westboro Baptist Church, or all the protests at gay pride events and other gay themed events? Melissa Etheridge is the only gay person to go on record to say that. There are just as many gay and lesbian people who aren’t getting involved in protests and political battlefields whose taxes are GLADLY accepted by the government.

    We need to stop with the half truths and fear mongering that is taking place for the true message to be received. I am ashamed to call myself a Christian when I see the manner in which my brothers and sisters are behaving. How is one side any better than the opposition when we are both behaving in the same deplorable manner. Gay and lesbian people have never been treated well by society and this backlash is a direct result of that mistreatment. As a Christian society our core values must be upheld. We must stand strong in all that we believe not just the judgmental parts. Only through a perfect example of love, tolerance and charity are we going to be able to send our true message to the world. Right now the public view on Christian people is becoming very tarnished simply because we are not behaving in the manner that we have claimed to live. The only way to combat this is to be strong in who we are, not sink to the level of name calling, bad mouthing and casting blame. Only when we rise above our opposition can we truly be living the kind of Christ centered life we all claim to aspire to.

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