Will anti-gay bigotry be written into California’s Constitution?

It sure looks that way. After months of trailing in polls, Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban is now ahead.

Officials for No on Prop 8, the campaign to defeat this November’s ballot Proposition 8 which would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry, say that a recent internal poll shows the proposition passing if the election were held today. A recent CBS/SurveyUSA had similar findings.

California’s constitution now allows marriage between any two adults, regardless of their gender. Proposition 8 would redefine legal marriage as only being permitted between a man and a woman. In some cases, same-sex couples would even be denied the right to form legal civil unions.

“Our most recent polling data shows us four points behind,” said Geoff Kors, a member of the NO on Prop 8 Executive Committee. “And unless we raise significant new dollars, we will not be able to compete with the proponents on television.”  The latest poll from Lake Research shows the race 47% Yes and 43% No.

“While our poll didn’t surprise us, it did confirm that we were starting to lose ground because we simply cannot match the proponents dollar for dollar on television,” said Steve Smith, NO on Prop 8 Senior Campaign Strategist. “We wanted to let LGBT community know that there is a level of complacency and false sense of security, and we wanted to set the record straight.”

Smith said, “Public polls have given everyone the impression that this campaign is over – it’s already won. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Up until now, opposition to Prop 8 has been leading consistently in polls. But religious organizations, especially the Mormon Church, have been raising much more money than the opposition.

And now Yes on 8, an organization supporting Prop 8, is using that money to run dishonest, misleading ads in Spanish and English throughout the state in attempts to appeal to bigotry, intolerance and ignorance when it comes to GLBT people.

The Yes on 8 ads contain outright lies. No on Prop 8 has the facts:

Lie # 1. People can be sued over personal beliefs. NOT TRUE.

California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.

Lie # 2. Churches can lose their tax-exemption status. NOT TRUE.

Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”

Lie # 3. Same-sex marriage would be taught in public schools. NOT TRUE. Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it.

Lie # 4. Four Activist Judges in San Francisco… NOT TRUE.

Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it’s about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn’t grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren’t supposed to protect rights and freedoms.

This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has already ruled that this claim by the proponents of Prop 8 is “false and misleading.” In fact, the “case” that is cited in the ad is from Massachusetts…the proponents knew what California law said, so they used another state, again to mislead voters.

Our donations and action are badly needed in the remaining weeks before the election on November 4th. You can donate and find other ways to make a difference at No on Prop 8 and Equality California.

Don’t let ignorance and bigotry be written into our state constitution!

12 thoughts on “Will anti-gay bigotry be written into California’s Constitution?”

  1. Chal, nice post. I knew the information, quite possibly this enlightened a few readers who haven’t be watching this as close as my wife and I have been.

    Where the problem lies is getting those religious folks to understand its all lies.

    Fortunately even misguided propositions can be overturned in court. I believe it was prop187 some 15 years or so ago that passed and was to limit immigrant rights. The courts stepped in with injunctions then said its provisions were unconstitutional and the whole works was tossed out.

    We can hope the same happens with Prop 8 should it pass. I suspect if it does it will go quickly the same route as prop187. I hope.

  2. Aside for the religious crap, one of the arguments for prop 8 is that guy marriage is that it hurts striate marriage. I SOOO wish someone would explain how and why.

    and I heard on KPCC today that no on 8 opened an office in east LA nad neededs spanish speaking volunteers.

  3. Thanks, frazgo. I must confess I was one of those complacent people who saw the early polls showing Prop 8 being defeated and had foolishly stopped paying attention, lulling me into a (as it turns out) false sense of security.

    It took my boyfriend calling to my attention that the situation had changed. He wrote a heartfelt email to send to friends and family and showed it to me this morning. So really, he’s to thank too.

  4. Dorit…no kidding getting them to answer how allowing this will harm a straight marriage. Between my wife and I we have alienated more than a few of our neighbors by arguing it doesn’t and forcing them into a corner when they could point out how it did. No loss as far as I’m concerned as I don’t have time for petty crap around me.

    Chal, all I can say is I hope folks get the word out and the No vote wins. If it doesn’t then I hope we have the funds to over turn the vote just as 187 was overturned.

    As I said in my post a few weeks ago, we’ve worked hard to teach our kids people can’t control who they fall in love with and when it happens they deserve to be married.

  5. I got a message on my machine “reminding” me to vote yes. I really wish I’d been home so I could have had a little chat with the young lady. For instance, asking her whether “preserving traditional marriage” meant that proposition 8 would outlaw divorce, which ends half of all traditional marriages whereas I don’t know a single person whose straight marriage has ended because someone else married their same-sex partner.

    I haven’t gotten a call from no on 8. I wonder if they are understaffed? Someone did stop me at the farmer’s market to ask me for money to help defeat 8 but I didn’t have any to spare.

  6. Best way to help here is to donate to the No on 8 effort. S that they can run ads pointing out the lies.

  7. Thanks, Bert. I’m going to “defeat prop 8” fundraiser on Sunday, will be posting about it.

  8. If I get a call soliciting me to vote yes for Prop 8, my goal will be to keep that person on the phone as long as I possibly can so it takes away from the time they have available to call other people.

    NO ON 8.

  9. Those of you receiving “Yes On 8” calls should check out Gina’s post over on the OC Metblog site of her cold call.

    They may have more people working the phones…….but quantity is NOT quality……

  10. Argh…I miss the days when my kids were toddlers, inane calls like this were handed to one of them where they’d sit there and go “hi” FOREVER.

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