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10-21-08



  • Just received an email from ProtectMarriage. Here is an excerpt:

    "The following are statements filed in amicus curiae briefs in Parker v. Hurley. The statements show how organizations leading the No on 8 campaign are lying to California voters when they say gay marriage will not be taught in California public schools.



    From the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Amicus Curiae Brief:

    "In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where the right of same-sex couples to marry is protected under the state constitution, it is particularly important to teach children about families with gay parents." [p 5]



    "Diversity education is most effective when it begins during the students' formative years. The earlier diversity education occurs, the more likely it is that students will be able to educate their peers, thereby compounding the benefits of this instruction." [p 3]



    (Note: The ADL is a leading member of the No on 8 campaign, and publicly announced they had joined the campaign opposing Proposition 8 on September 9, 2008.)



    From the Human Rights Campaign Amicus Curiae Brief:

    "There is no constitutional principle grounded in either the First Amendment's free exercise clause or the right to direct the upbringing of one's children, which requires defendants to either remove the books now in issue – or to treat them as suspect by imposing an opt-out system." [pp1-2]



    "In short, there can be no serious dispute that the books in issue are both age-appropriate and reflect the growing diversity of American families." [p 9]



    "Lexington's selection of the [three] books…for inclusion in its curriculum is firmly rooted in the long-recognized tradition of public schools as a place for disseminating the knowledge and information that helps to foster understanding between diverse groups and individuals for the overall benefit of society." [p 13]



    (Note: The Human Rights Campaign has organized one of the largest recipient committees to oppose Proposition 8. The committee, Human Rights Campaign CA Marriage PAC (ID# 1307246) has received more than $2.2 million in contributions (as of 10/8/08), including over $100,000 from the Human Rights Campaign itself in non-monetary contributions. The committee has funneled over $2 million of its funds to No on 8, Equality for All (ID# 1259396), the main No on Proposition 8 campaign committee.)



    From the ACLU Amicus Curiae Brief:

    "Specifically, the parents in this case do not have a constitutional right to override the professional pedagogical judgment of the school with respect to the inclusion within the curriculum of the age-appropriate children's book…King and King." [p 9]



    "This court has astutely recognized that a broad right of a parent to opt a child out of a lesson would fatally compromise the ability of a school to provide a meaningful education, a conclusion that holds true regardless of the age of the child or the nature of the belief." [p 18]



    "First, a broad right of a parent to opt a child out of a lesson would subject a school to a staggering administrative burden…Second, in contravention of the axiom that 'the classroom is peculiarly the 'marketplace of ideas'' [citations], a broad right of a parent to opt a child out of a lesson would chill discussion in the classroom…Third, the coming and goings of those children who have been opted out of lessons would be highly disruptive to the learning environment. Moreover, such comings and goings would fatally undermine the lessons that schools teach the other students." [pp 22-23]



    (Note: The Northern California Chapter of the ACLU has also formed a Proposition 8 opposition committee: No on Prop 8, Campaign for Marriage Equality, a project of the ACLU of Northern California (ID# 1308178). This committee has collected $1.6 million in contributions (as of 10/8/08), including more than $70,000 from the ACLU of northern California, as well as $8,000 from the ACLU Foundation. This committee has contributed $1,250,000 to No on 8, Equality for All (ID# 1259396), the main No on Proposition 8 campaign committee.)



    These are the facts. This is the truth about the calculated efforts to deliver gay marriage into our public school classrooms, against the wishes of the people of our state. Voters may differ about how they feel about gay marriage, but there is no disputing that the organizations funding and leading the No on Proposition 8 campaign have already revealed, in their own words, their desire to impose this subject on children in the public schools – 'whether you like it or not.' "



10-16-08



  • Last night we attended a Prop 8 rally in El Dorado Hills, CA. It was attended by maybe 200 people, and the only speaker was a gentleman who is a lobbyist for the Catholic Church. He is officially on hiatus in that regard while he represents the Bishops of CA for Prop 8. His legal background was perfect as he was able to provide us with firm examples of how this whole thing came about, beginning with Prop 22 all the way to now, from a first-person, behind-the-scenes angle. It was excellent. He stressed that we must remain focused about the three most important reasons to support Prop 8. They are: 1) Activist judges illegally overturned a perfectly legal vote of the people in a SOCIAL matter. 2) Gay marriage laws infringe on the rights of parents to educate their children. 3) Restoring traditional marriage, since the reason the state recognized marriage to begin with was because it is a compelling state interest for us to create and raise healthy future citizens! He pointed out that this new gay marriage law forgoes that logic and changes the compelling interest of the state to guaranteeing that individuals can do whatever they want without feeling discriminated against. Huh??? About halfway through, about three people stood while he was talking and started yelling that they were the "opposition" (their own words), and that the girl among them had a 15-yr old friend who had tried to kill himself because his parents told him homosexuality was a sin. They screamed so much that no one could answer or converse with them, but my question was whether they believed that gay marriage laws would suddenly make everything better? God said it was sin when He specified such, very clearly, thousands of years ago. Are we now supposed to all just blink our eyes and suddenly believe that it is okay because the law says it is? I mentioned elsewhere that the gay rights crowd truly believes that the reason they suffer higher rates of depression, suicide, and drug use is because society looks down on them, and therefore everything will be better when they force laws on us to equalize homosexuality in our society. Never mind that decades of science have discovered that homosexuality is caused by early life experiences (such as a distant father, for males, and an overbearing mother or exclusion from traditionally male activities), and that the homosexual attraction is based on the desire for deep male relationships. Successful therapy for those desiring to rid themselves of same-sex attraction includes discovering the experiences that preceded the attraction and then creating meaningful, non-sexual, male relationships. The author of Diary of An Ex-Gay Man discusses how the gay rights crowd points the finger of blame at the heterosexual world, and even points out that gays who live deep within the gay lifestyle, surrounded by their peers who accept them "as they are" and believe that their lifestyle is acceptable, are the ones who suffer the higher rates of depression/suicide/drugs, and that gay men who remain "in the closet" and/or are otherwise not a part of that world DO NOT! I also want to mention that the "opposition" clearly and loudly labeled all of us at the rally as bigots and discriminators. I'm not sure how long they had been there, but they obviously didn't notice that NO mention was made of anything against gay people or even homosexuality as a practice during the entire event. It's sad that the boy did what he did. It is also sad that instead of being informed of the actual scientific cause of homosexuality and being referred to therapy, he was instead informed -by a dishonest popular culture- that he was born gay, that the whole world hated him, and that there was nothing he could do about it.

  • Last week, on the other hand, we attended a rally in Auburn, CA, that was entirely different. There were at least 300 people, and there were about seven speakers from many different backgrounds- legal, religious, social, and educational. The talks didn't say much that we hadn't already heard, ourselves, but then we have been keeping on top of things more than most. Right outside the entrance to the amphitheater where the rally was held there were 4 lesbians holding signs: "No on Prop 8" and "Let Us Marry!" No voices were raised, no scenes were caused, and everyone treated them nicely. People gave them bottled water and doughnuts, and one of the speakers, a religious leader, I believe, even spoke with them personally during the event to make sure that no one had mistreated them in any way. Seriously, Prop 8-haters, your stereotyping of us as bigots could not be further from the truth. We support your right to make choices as adults that we may not agree with, EXCEPT when those rights infringe on the rights of the rest of society, as gay marriage does. We want to protect our children from inappropriate sexual indoctrination, we want to keep the government from inappropriately dictating our lives, and we want to protect the most important element of our society: marriage between a man and a woman, because it is the only way to ensure the future of our society and it is the absolute proven best upbringing for all children.