|Keeping Marriage Straight with Proposition 8|
by Reed R. Heustis, Jr.
October 29, 2008
|FTER CONSTANT setbacks and stumbling blocks in the ongoing culture war, California Christians finally have an opportunity - perhaps the final one - not only to inflict damage on the diabolical homosexual agenda, but also to ignite a movement that can provide reverberating repercussions from coast to coast.|
For generations it seems, many Christians and conservatives outside California have accused the Golden State as being filled with nothing but fruits and nuts and as being responsible for exporting debauchery and depravity to the rest of the nation. Homosexual "marriage" would be considered to be among California's latest exports.
However, what people outside California forget, or just don't realize, is that our beloved state consists not only of those of very liberal persuasion, but also of those who hold to very conservative and biblically Christian values.
For a change, when it comes to the issue of biblical marriage this November, voters in the Golden State will have a golden opportunity to export Christian hope and values to the rest of the nation.
In response to egregious judicial activism on behalf of the California Supreme Court, who overturned Proposition 22 (California Defense of Marriage Act), organizers of Proposition 8 have provided California voters with what very well could serve as a coup de grâce against California's militant homosexual lobby: The California Marriage Protection Amendment.
Proposition 8 will appear on the ballot in California this November 4.
In 2000, 61.4% of the voters - a landslide - passed the California Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented the State of California from recognizing same-sex "marriages," including any that may have been "established" outside the state.
However, on May 15, 2008 - eight years later - the California Supreme Court declared the Act to be unconstitutional by a 4-3 decision - the slimmest of margins.
Whereas the people of California voted overwhelmingly to protect the biblical concept of marriage between one man and one woman, two men and two women clad in black robes overturned the will of the people, and imposed their own anti-Christian viewpoint upon the entire State of California.
This shocking decision led to the subsequent deluge of same-sex couples seeking state recognition of their "marriages."
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, haughtily proclaimed, "As California goes, so goes the nation."
This arrogant insinuation is obviously wrong because he was referring to the action of the Court, and not to that of the people. Simply because the California Supremes went one way on the issue of same-sex "marriage" does not automatically mean that the people of California follow, let alone the rest of the united States.
When 61.4% of Californians rejected same-sex "marriage" in 2000, nobody heard Mr. Newsom proclaim, "So goes the nation." Does Mayor Newsom actually believe that the California Supreme Court speaks for California voters? Does Mayor Newsom actually believe that the judicial branch of government plays the same role that the legislative branch plays? Does Mr. Newsom understand the constitutional concept of division of powers? Obviously not.
Now that the Court annihilated the California Defense of Marriage Act, the possibly last and final opportunity for Californians to uphold the sanctity of marriage exists in the form of the California Marriage Protection Amendment, the entire text of which reads:
"Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California."
As a state constitutional amendment, this initiative will serve many purposes.
Firstly, it will nullify the California Supreme Court's abominable decision that paved the way to sodomite "marriage" licenses being issued at the taxpayers' expense.
Secondly, it will forbid the State of California and other local governmental entities from recognizing homosexual unions as legitimate forms of marriage by preventing government from redefining marriage.
Thirdly, it will protect California's children from being indoctrinated in public schools about the "virtues" of the homosexual "lifestyle."
Fourthly, it will provide hope and inspiration to millions of Christian and conservative voters outside of California who either already face the same challenges, such as those in Connecticut and Massachusetts; or who will shortly confront the same menace, coming soon to a theatre near you.
If the California Marriage Protection Amendment fails, the only realistic alternative would be to engage in the unrealistic: pass a nationwide Amendment to the United States Constitution. Such a daunting undertaking would require two thirds of both Houses (or two thirds of the several States), and three fourths of State legislatures - not an impossibility, but certainly an improbability.
Thankfully, the state constitutional amendment process in California only requires 50% of the vote to amend the California Constitution.
While other States have differing procedures regarding their own respective constitutional amendment processes, if the California Marriage Protection Amendment succeeds, then it will be very possible that other States in the union would consider adopting the same or similar approach that California offers, so as to thwart the "enlightened" efforts of judicial activists who seek to strip every vestige of Christian principles from America's heritage.
Whereas Mayor Newsom proclaims, "As California goes, so goes the nation," he may actually be right. If the people of California reject their own Supreme Court on the issue, maybe the people of other states will follow suit. Therefore, Christians from sea to shining sea should pray for Californians to do the right thing this November 4.
It is high time for Californians to Keep Marriage Straight with Proposition 8.
Reed R. Heustis, Jr., Esq. is a Southern California native, and publisher of Christian Constitutionalist. A member of the State Bar of California, Reed earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California at Irvine. Reed and his family are members of a local church affiliated with the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America.
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