Why Proposition 8?
What's the harm?
If Proposition 8 fails, religious liberties and freedom of speech may be curtailed. Included are the rights of religious organizations to speak out against positions they view as harmful and the rights of parents to teach their children their own values and beliefs.
Other Reasons to support Proposition 8
Does Proposition 8 take existing rights away from same-sex couples?
No. All the rights gay couples have in current civil unions will still be in force.
Don't gay and lesbian couples deserve to be happy?
The argument of happiness is really just a diversion. Proposition 8 is about protecting the legal definition of marriage and religious freedoms.
Didn't we already vote on this?
Yes, we did. In 2000 over 61% of Californians voted in favor of preserving traditional marriage. But because it did not amend the state constitution, four judges were able to overturn that vote.
Can't the courts just overturn this again?
No. Proposition 8 amends the state constitution directly, meaning the courts cannot overturn it like a regular statute.
There aren't many people supporting Proposition 8, right?
Actually, a number of national and local organizations and individuals have formed a broad-based coalition to support Proposition 8.
Isn't Proposition 8 about intolerance?
Proposition 8 isn't about hating gay couples or their lifestyle. It's about protecting the institution of marriage.