Archive for the ‘Prop 8’ Category

Marriage Debate LogoAmid news that gay marriage law is leading to the shutdown of church adoption services, a new gay sex curriculum in elementary schools, and same sex marriages in a few states, it’s time to bring back our exciting Marriage Debate.

We’ve all heard the question, “How does letting gays marry threaten heterosexuals?” The idea behind the question is that same-sex marriage has no real negative consequences.  So, let’s put the matter up to debate:

Q. How Exactly Does Gay Marriage Law Hurt Heterosexuals and Their Families?

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MarriageNewsNow! Top Ten Ways Gay Marriage Law Hurts Heterosexuals and their Families

  1. Same-sex marriage law would not stipulate (or even insinuate) that adult partners are agreeing to raise children together; therefore, the all-inclusive same-sex marriage contract leaves heterosexual women and children without essential legal and economic protection against penalty-free spousal abandonment.
  2. Same-sex marriage law would not stipulate that adult partners must stay together for any duration of time; therefore, the all-inclusive same-sex marriage contract places heterosexual spouses and children at grave risk of economic destitution through penalty-free spousal abandonment.
  3. Same-sex marriage law would not severely penalize a spouse who exits the contract; therefore, the all-inclusive same-sex marriage contract offers no legal recourse for the faithful spouse or the children now struggling to survive without the committed help of the departing spouse.
  4. Same sex marriage law would create injustice in adoption services, for gay-couple adoptions institutionalize gender discrimination against one sex and deprive children of the normative right to both a mother and a father as provided in nature.
  5. Same sex marriage law would legally and logically open the door to polygamy, polyamory, polyandry, or to any group of cohabiting individuals that requests “marriage” status and benefits.
  6. Same sex marriage law would be fundamentally unequal, unfair, and unjust, for homosexuals would receive from the state equal benefits as heterosexuals without providing to the state an equal number of new citizens and related caregiving services.
  7. Same sex marriage law leads to gay sex indoctrination of  young children in taxpayer funded public schools.
  8. Same sex marriage law marginalizes and stigmatizes religious groups, and removes the right of religious charities to deliver the services required by their faith communities.
  9. Same sex marriage law would permit self-interested spouses to quit the contract for any reason, potentially causing grave economic harm to responsible faithful spouses.
  10. Same sex marriage law would redefine gay cohabitation as “marriage,” thus destroying the child-oriented, family distinction and culture of marriage which takes great effort to maintain.

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maineAfter becoming the fifth state to legalize gay marriage on May 6, the State of Maine has seen its citizens rally to stop the law from going into effect. It appears that the new statewide strategy to oppose the redefined marriage law will follow California’s Proposition 8, which successfully amended California’s constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

(Take action now! Read end of blog entry to learn how you can easily help restore traditional marriage in Maine.)

At the signing of the gay marriage legislation last May, Governor John Baldacci announced that the same-sex statue would likely be challenged, adding that the people would ultimately need to decide the final outcome. “Even as I sign this important legislation into law,” said Baldacci, “I recognize that this may not be the final word…[The Maine constitution] guarantees that the ultimate political power in the State belongs to the people.”

The people of Maine have taken many cues from California’s 2008 strategy for protecting traditional marriage, even hiring Schubert Flint Public Affairs, the powerhouse public relations firm that managed the Proposition 8 campaign and helped win 52 percent of the vote in last November’s California election. The PR firm says it will play a consulting role to Maine’s citizens who seek to preserve historic marriage and family. Polling data suggest that the majority of citizens in Maine oppose same-sex marriage.

The first step in reinstating traditional marriage has been to collect more than 55,000 signatures of registered Maine voters. This so-called “people’s veto” would put the issue on the ballot and prevent same-sex marriage from going into effect in the state. Organizer Marc Mutty, who leads the petition drive, claimed that gay activists have begun bullying citizens and have even stolen signatures from the people of Maine.

Take Action Now!

To help Maine get the required number of signatures by the August 2009 deadline, contact campaign organizers at StandForMarriageMaine.com,  the Maine Marriage Initiative, or the Maine Family Policy Council. Simply send off an e-mail to the Maine Marriage Initiative and ask how you can help. Or visit them at their Facebook page.

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married In a June 15 press release, national LGBT-rights group The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF) called upon the worldwide gay-lesbian-other community to immediately cease attacking Carrie Prejean, the People’s Miss California USA.

The ESF, a grassroots San Diego, Calif. organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender normalcy, issued the alert amidst a growing worldwide backlash against homosexual activists like Perez Hilton, Keith Lewis, and others who have repeatedly used intimidation, threats, firings, and attacks on the Prejean family to advance gay rights.

“Demeaning Carrie Prejean or others by using terms such as bigot will not advance our cause of civil rights and social justice,” said A. Latham Staples, executive director of the Empowering Spirits Foundation. “We must not marginalize someone just because they believe differently, as this is the very respect in differing opinion we are asking for from them.”

The ESF’s call for a retreat from demeaning others is, in the minds of many, continued proof that the LGBT movement has been severely damaged by its gay bullying tactics and smear campaigns aimed at Prejean, a fan-favorite beauty queen who continues to rally people of good will everywhere to her cause for traditional marriage.

Unlike the Perez Hiltons of the world, the ESF correctly understands that American citizens like Prejean have the right to express opinions without fear of reprisals and punishment. The organization expressed hope that “both sides can engage in respectful dialogue and come to see similarities rather than differences.”

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Trad-marriage spokesmodel Carrie Prejean is completely unstoppable. Like any enterprising young woman who seeks to climb the ladder of success and shatter glass ceilings on the way up, Prejean has worked hard on her career and developed high expectations. But could the People’s Miss California 2009 ever have imagined that the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant would be a mere stepping stone on the path to becoming Queen of the World? After finishing her brief stint as Miss California, Prejean is reportedly working on a tell-all book deal and a rumored gig with FOX television. (See Prejean speak out on Friday’s Today program with Matt Lauer.)

No matter how hard the Perez Hiltons, Keith Lewises, and Shanna Moaklers of the world seek to bring down Prejean for speaking out in favor of traditional marriage, the courageous fashion model becomes ever more powerful, rallying good people everywhere while urging Americans to speak out. 

“I want to encourage Americans of all ages to not be silent and to speak out and state your beliefs and not be afraid,” the steely Miss California said in a recent interview with Sean Hannity. The feminist icon from San Diego added, “You will probably face vicious attacks, but not nearly the attacks that I’ve had. So, don’t be afraid.”

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marriedcoupleFollowers of the same-sex marriage issue were forced to endure another painful round of marriage debates this week, as news commentators  offered empty arguments against traditional marriage (e.g., “the State is unfairly favoring one type of love and attraction over another”) and absurd arguments favoring same-sex marriage (e.g., “one’s gay sexual tastes are analogous to being black or female”). To help erase the bad memories and fuzzy logic, here’s our own  Marriage Debate:

    Q. What are the best arguments in favor of preserving and strengthening traditional marriage laws?

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    MarriageNewsNow! Top Ten Arguments for Strengthening Traditional Marriage Laws
  1. The State has a definite interest in protecting by law the unique heterosexual union that creates, feeds, nurtures, and educates its massive citizenry from infancy to adulthood.
  2. Children need a long-term stable home that marriage law helps to ensure.
  3. Marriage law protects dependent spouses and children from economic destitution and poverty arising through spousal departure.
  4. Families formed without marriage contracts dissolve easily and repeatedly, leading to high rates of child neglect, abuse, and juvenile delinquency.
  5. Same-sex marriage threatens American democracy via judicial imposition of laws contrary to the democratically determined will of the American people.
  6. Gay marriage law removes basic freedoms with regard to religious ceremonies, the right to conscientious objection, and the right of parents to determine the educational curriculum for their own children.
  7. Legalization of gay marriage threatens constitutional rights of free speech under the guise of “hate speech” censorship laws.
  8. All cultures of human history have recognized marriage as a unique contract between men and women oriented to the long-term project of raising of families.
  9. Gay marriage defies nature’s own design; the parts don’t work that way.
  10. All major religions denounce same-sex marriage as against God and nature.

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prejeancommons2Marriage spokesmodel Carrie Prejean was spotted hosting “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday at 6 a.m. Eastern time following California’s Prop 8 amendment victory at the State Supreme Court. Miss California 2009 delivered the day’s news while discussing her busy agenda following the Miss USA pageant, which included a scheduled visit with U.S. troops Wednesday evening.

“I’m so excited…I’m going on the USS Ronald Reagan with five thousand troops,” said the collected California beauty queen, who fielded questions from co-hosts Brian Kilmaede and Steve Doocy while sitting in for Fox News Channel regular Gretchen Carlson.

The San Diego native will be flown out to the super aircraft carrier to show support for U.S. troops and also her sister, who is a second lieutenant.

“San Diego is a huge military town, and I’m very, very excited to meet the troops and show my support for them,” said the first time Fox guest host.

Prejean, 22, told the audience she is a junior at college and is studying to be a teacher but has taken time off to carry out a range of public activities as Miss California 2009.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked about Perez Hilton’s controversial remarks to Prejean during the Miss USA finals, noting that that model was vindicated by Tuesday’s court ruling upholding traditional marriage in California. Upon hearing that her marriage views matched a statement by the California Supreme Chief Justice saying marriage can be between a man and a woman only, Prejean cheerfully remarked, “So, I’m not the bad guy…I’m glad the people in California got to vote on this.”

The morning panel also addressed this year’s “American Idol” finalists. Prejean claimed to be an Adam Lambert fan, noting a common San Diego connection to Idol’s No. 2 singer. Reflecting on Lambert’s position as runner-up to Idol champion Kris Allen, Prejean affirmed, “Adam is going to be very successful. Sometimes the second-place winner becomes more successful than the actual winner.”

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