Ballot Arguments in Favor of Prop 8

Prop 8 is simple and straightforward. It consists of the same 14 words that were previously approved in 2000 by over 61% of California voters: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Prop 8 restores the definition of marriage as previously approved by the majority of California voters. Because four activist judges in San Francisco overturned the people’s vote, we need to pass this measure as a constitutional amendment to restore the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

Prop 8 protects marriage as an essential institution of society. While death, divorce, or other circumstances may prevent the ideal, the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married mother and father.

Prop 8 protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage. State law may require teachers to instruct children as young as kindergarteners about marriage. (Education Code § 51890)  If Prop 8 is not passed, teachers could be required to teach young children there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage. Same-sex marriage is an issue for parents to discuss with their children according to their own values and beliefs.

Prop 8 is not an attack on the gay lifestyle. Prop 8 doesn’t take away any rights or benefits of gay or lesbian domestic partnerships. Under California law, “domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits” as married spouses. (Family Code § 297.5.) There are no exceptions. Prop 8 does not take away any rights, and does not interfere with gays living the lifestyle they choose.