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Vote 'yes' on Proposition 8

Does anyone remember Proposition 22? Prop 22 added the following section to the California Family Code: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” It passed on March 7, 2000, with 61.4 percent of the vote.

Fast forward eight years. On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court finally ruled on legal challenges to Prop 22. With a 4 to 3 vote, they struck down Prop 22. They declared all prohibitions on same sex marriage are unconstitutional. The State of California was ordered to begin processing same sex marriages on June 17, 2008.

The proponents of same sex marriage did not challenge Prop 22 at the ballot box. They would have lost. They did not challenge Prop 22 in the legislature. Instead, they circumvented the constitution and challenged Prop 22 through the judicial system. The proponents of same sex marriage used our courts to write law.

In this country, laws are written by our legislative bodies or by direct democracy via propositions on the ballot. The founding fathers did not want to empower the executive or judicial branches of the government with the ability to impose laws. That would be tyranny. Contrary to the manifest will of the people, the California Supreme Court has twisted the constitution to write law.

What can be done? Vote “yes” on Proposition 8 to restore traditional marriage.

Bill Blackburn


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