Friday, September 26, 2008

No On Amendment 2

Floridians are going to face a ballot question that is called the "Marriage Protection Amendment." "Inasmuch as a marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized." --The actual language of amendment 2.
This is another attempt to put another distraction from real issues before voters in Florida. Why do I believe this? The the effort to get this divisive question on the ballot was paid for overwhelmingly and directly by the Republican party of Florida. The Republican brand is not popular with the voting public but if you can cynically put an issue that will drive right-wing Christians to the polls on the ballot, then they have the hope that those voters will also give their support to the rest of the Republican ticket.

If you don't believe in Divorce then don't get one.
If you don't believe in adultery then don't cheat on your spouse.
The point is if you don't believe in Gay marriage then don't marry someone of the same sex.
No one has the ability the legislate anyone into their understanding of Heaven.
No one has the ability to legislate someone into their understanding of salvation.

This is motivated by those who think it is their right to impose their personal or religious definition of morality on those that don't believe or live as they do. Marriage is not threatened by the specter of Gay marriage. The state of Massachusetts, a state that some say is the most liberal in the nation, has the lowest divorce rates in the entire nation. Lower than the Bible belt states. Lower than the Mormon dominated state of Utah. Gay marriage hasn't changed Massachusetts' ranking.

Those who have promoted this effort are being less than honest. In states where similar amendments have been passed have very quickly shown their true agenda. They have used it to challenge the limited legal tools available to protect both homosexual and heterosexual unmarried partners, they have used it to challenge domestic partner registries, , and they have challenged both public and private domestic partner benefits.

The proponents of this amendment will say it was ruled as meeting Florida's single issue requirement for amendments. They are correct. The big LIE is that how it will be applied. They will challenge every single one of these things as being the equivalent of marriage and therefore, should be struck down. They will say that is untrue. They are LIARS. Want to understand the present and the future? Then look at past history. History says they are liars.

So when you go to the polls, I hope you will be respectful of those who's home life may not resemble yours, who's values and faith beliefs differ from yours and that you will vote


Darlene said...

Amen! Thank you for posting that.

RightDemocrat said...

Amendment 2 has wide public support and is backed by 44 percent of Democrats. I have long supported gay and lesbian rights but draw the line at gay marriage. Most of us in Florida have a live and let-live attitude toward our gay and lesbian neighbors but don't want to experiment with the basic building block of our society. Vote yes on Amendment 2.

KombatRock! said...

To the above commenter: If you're a real supporter of gay rights, why don't you want them to have the same benefits that straight couples do?

If passed, this amendment will ban all recognition and benefits for unmarried couples (both straight and gay). It will block civil unions, domestic partnership, and repeal existing protections and family benefits that are relied upon by millions of Floridians.

This amendment is funded and backed by intolerant bigots who want ordinary citizens to LOSE rights. Vote HELL NO.

RLF said...

marriage is not endangered.
a no vote does not mean there is gay marriage.

A yes vote takes away rights that already exist.