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Why I Support Proposition 8

October 15, 2008

First and foremost because I firmly believe that God created marriage as the basic building block of families, and that families are absolutely essential to his plan for happiness for us (his children) here on earth and in the life to come.  You may not believe this, you may not even believe in God; but I firmly believe this with every fiber in my body.  It is my right to believe this – tolerance says that you should respect my right to believe this.

But there are also societal reasons to support Proposition 8.  Social Science has irrefutably shown (sometimes to the chagrin of the researcher) that the absolute best situation for children is to be raised by a mother and a father who are married – not by a mother and a mother, not a father and a father, not a mother and a father who “live together” but by a mother and father who are married.  This situation – nuclear family with mom and dad in the home – is best for a child’s mental and physical health, his success in school, his self-confidence.

As a society we should do everything we can to strengthen families – they are the foundation of ours and all societies.  Marriage is a convenant between a man and a woman and God to bring children into the world and raise them to the best of their ability.  Marriage is also a committment between a man and woman and their society/community to bear and raise the next generation of citizens.  This can only happen in traditional marriage.  One of the most important things we can do to strengthen and protect families is to strengthen and protect traditional marriage.

I bear no ill will towards same-sex couples.  If they want to have a committed relationship more power to them.  However, it isn’t marriage.  Marriage isn’t an affirmation of ones love for a life partner.  Marriage is an affirmation of a man and a woman’s willingness to make sacrfices for one another and more importantly for the children that will come into their family.  You see, it isn’t about the couple that’s getting married at all – it’s about the family journey they are embarking on.

Children are absolutely precious, and they arrive into this world innocent and sweet.  Every child deserves to be raised in a home with a mother and a father.  Every daughter deserves a father to give her self-confidence and the self-assurance to say no to the sexual advances of boys who haven’t learned to exercise control over their hormones and passions.  Every son deserves a father to teach him to respect womanhood and to help him understand and prepare for the responsibilities he will assume when he has his own family.  Every son deserves a mother to teach him to be gentle and kind, to know calm and peace in his life.  Every daughter deserves a mother to come to understand the truly, unmistakeably, divine presence that comes into a woman as she becomes a mother; to learn to care and nuture those around her.

If we want to improve some of the societal ills that afflict our society – teenage pregnancy, high school drop outs, drug use, etc. – we should start by strengthening marriage which would be the single most important thing we could do to strengthen families.  Strong families would cure much of these issues.

So you see I am not anti-same-sex marriage – I am pro-family.

This is an interesting editorial in the LA Times that shares many of my points and views as expressed above.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-oe-blankenhorn19-2008sep19,0,2112209.story

Visit this blog to read from someone who has similar views.  Read especially “Why I am voting for Proposition 8 – Part 2”.  He has some interesting links and facts in his write-up.

http://nrl4prop8.wordpress.com/

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