About some months ago the California Supreme Court made homosexual marriages legal in Califonria, which was a huge, major moment for all the gays and lesbians all over the state, primarily in San Francisco (known as the “capital city” of the gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transvestites), and ever since that made legal there were several same-sex marriages that occurred right away. Celebrities who were gays and/or lesbians (or bisexuals or transvestites) traveled all the way to San Francisco just to get married too.
But let me tell you something about California. Although we are a predominantly Democratic (liberal, pretty much) state, religion-wise California is predominantly a Roman Catholic state (after all, we have the renowned history of Junipero Serra, the Catholic missions that he built and established throughout California, and the El Camino Real), which means if you are a Roman Catholic you usually stick to Catholic values unless if you are able to separate church and state. Being a Catholic myself the Bible does forbid same-sex romantic relationships and marriages. I believe that as a Catholic, however at the same time I don’t believe it’s their fault for being gay/lesbian. Many of them were born that way, raised that way, and there are some who just chose to be one. Most likely they’re not Catholic or any other Christian, but I’m not going to make that assumption about them just like that.
Just this particular fact is one of the reasons why Proposition #8 was brought up and added in to the ballot for next week’s elections. Proposition #8, if passes, overturns the Supreme Court decision of legalizing same-sex couples and “restore” the true (or rather original?) definition of what a marriage is supposed to be— heterosexual, between man and woman. The Catholic Churches of California are one of the sponsors/endorsers of this proposition (and I’m pretty sure many other religious groups, not just Christians, also endorsed this proposition). If it doesn’t pass, California continues to keep same-sex marriage legal.
In Favor of Proposition #8…
- Conservatives – those who believe a marriage should only be between man and woman
- Religious – same-sex marriage is condemned in the Bible (or some other teaching/preaching recorded document from other religions)
- Parents – Same-sex marriage may end up being taught in elementary schools as in oppose to sex education?
In Opposition of Proposition #8…
- Homosexuals & Transgenders – equal rights for all and Prop. #8 is discriminatory and even going further as to being unconstitutional and against the law of diverse equality
- Liberals – same thing, equal rights
- Other Citizens – same-sex marriages shouldn’t get mixed up with religion. This is by choice, not compulsary.
I know I’m missing some things in there but that’s all I could think of.
Personally I am torn with this particular proposition. I am Catholic, like I said, but I’m one of the few people who is able to separate church and state. I believe that homosexuals and transgenders should have equal rights as everyone else on every aspect. My only problem here is that legalizing same-sex marriages pretty much changed the standard definition of marriage. Marriage is a sacred, special celebration of love and commitment between a man and a woman in love, which was what was defined originally. Now it had been re-defined to just a “contract” between partners to stay together and it’s not as sacred or as special as it is now.
In conclusion, I am still undecided. Maybe I should just skip this part and I’ll let the rest of the state decide.