I have watched with great interest the backwash of Proposition 8 as I'm sure many of you have also... and I have been greatly saddened by the actions of those who chose to oppose this measure. I honestly thought that our country was past this type of behavior.
I think that people take for granted the freedoms that we have in this country, and in so doing they start to think that just because they want something bad enough they should be able to have it, and if for some reason they can't, then all of a sudden their rights are being violated, No one ever said that you have the right to do whatever you want...that is not Freedom.
Freedom was never a blanket statement or ideal that allows you to do or say whatever you want whenever you want. There have always been checks and balances that "Limit" our freedom, which is why laws were established, to help us govern the use of the freedoms we enjoy...the laws "protect" the freedoms we have, and without them things would quickly turn into a chaotic nightmare. God has always had laws, and man has followed that pattern.
Think for a minute what would happen if all the traffic laws were suddenly removed, with no laws to limit your driving, you would literally be taking your life in your own hands anytime you got in your car. It would be total chaos, in reality the laws that seem to limit your freedom, are what actually give you more freedom.
Proposition 8 wasn't about "taking away" any ones freedoms, it was about defining what the institution of marriage is. God gave us the agency to allow us to govern ourselves, and he also instituted marriage as a union between a man and a woman... "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Why would we want to tamper with something that has been instituted as a proven pattern since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden.
I have some gay friends at work, they are good people, but to my knowledge they haven't "lost" any freedoms, they can still legally live together, they still have all their health and retirement benefits, and all the freedoms that I enjoy, so exactly what "freedoms" are they losing... the ONLY thing they can't do is say they are married, and that is because marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman.
I have seen some of my friends that are single parents, and the struggles that they have to overcome to raise their kids. How can gay or lesbian couples, (no matter how well intentioned they are) provide the male or female perspective that is missing in their relationship to children they choose to raise.
Our nation is made up of definitions, and whatever I want to be in life, I have to modify my self to fit that particular definition...there are reasons for those definitions... Proposition 8 is not just about preserving the sanctity of marriage, it goes much deeper than that, it's about preserving the family, creating strong family's creates strong communities, which creates a strong nation.
Will Gay marriage eventually be legalized...It's quite possible...will I be rioting in the streets, and vandalizing Gay people's property...absolutley not.