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Letter to the Editor: Prop 8 Protect your rights

Proposition 8 is a constitutional amendment that would reverse a decision earlier this year by the California Supreme Court. Prop. 8 states “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” That is clear discrimination against same sex couples. Domestic partnerships and marriage aren’t the same. If they were, there would be no issue and no motivation for promoting a constitutional amendment that actually delineates the difference. To its credit, the state’s highest court understood that there is a real difference between a domestic partnership and a marriage. That is why it ruled that to deny one group of people the right to marry is discriminatory and thus a violation of the equal protection clause of the California Constitution.

Know the facts:

– 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.

– Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it ” period.

– Prop 8 is simple: it eliminates the rights for same-sex couples to marry. Prop 8 would deny equal protections and write discrimination against one group of people”lesbian and gay people”into our state constitution.

Regardless of how one feels about homosexual relationships or one’s personal religious views, it would be a grave mistake to pass an initiative that reduces liberty by returning gay couples to second-class status.

Carefully consider the harm Prop. 8 would do not just to gays, but to all Californians. Please vote NO on Prop 8.

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