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• Different ≠ Wrong The other day members of the California Family Council came to

my door to tell me to vote “yes” on prop. 8. According to their brochure and the
website [Proposition 8] protects our children from being
taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage,
and prevents other consequences to Californians who will be forced to not just be
tolerant of gay lifestyles, but face mandatory compliance regardless of their personal
beliefs. What does “personal beliefs” mean, anyway? It’s a very generic phrase, but
the implied meaning- through subsequent print media, television ads, and other public
demonstrations- is that the proponents of Prop. 8 consider homosexuality to be
immoral. Because they believe homosexuality to be immoral, they also believe that
failing to create this new amendment will have negative consequences to families.
That begs the question: why is it immoral? The most common argument comes from
the Bible.
• Leviticus 18:22 says that, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with a woman: it is
abomination (or detestable or hateful—depending on what version of the Bible you
read). If the Bible is considered the ultimate source of morality and society should
cater all of its laws to it, then I guess we also need to obey Leviticus 11:10-12 which
calls eating shrimp an abomination.
• Or how about Leviticus 19:19 which forbids wearing clothing made out of 2
different kinds of fabric or Leviticus 19:28 which forbids getting tattoos. While we’re
at it, let’s remember to propose another amendment that forbids women to engage in
intercourse during their periods—clearly they are unclean (Leviticus 18:19). This is
not an argument for morality: it is a selective reading and interpretation of a powerful
text to support a particular viewpoint. Prop 8 is just legalized discrimination. People
who read the Bible literally as if God personally wrote it have been using it to justify
discrimination, intolerance, and ostracism for centuries. Look at Leviticus 25:45
which clearly authorizes slavery. If it says that it the Bible, then it must be morally
justified, so perhaps we should just throw out the 13th amendment to the U.S.
constitution. Our country was founded on democratic principles that would protect
minorities, not allow the majority to suppress the marginalized. The American
Disabilities Act must be a real slap in the face to Leviticus 21:17-21 which suggests
that God does not favor those with infirmities or handicaps. Good thing we have
separation of church and state…or do we? Gay marriage doesn’t break up families,
but teaching hatred and intolerance does. Families are held together by
UNCONDITIONAL love. When families reject homosexuals, then their love is based
on the condition that every member conforms to the social norms and mores of our
time. I believe that this rejection of family member or neighbor based on their sexual
orientation is what is immoral. I hope this November that you vote with an educated
conscience and remember that the Bible is a tool…it can be used constructively or
destructively. I prefer to use it constructively by not judging those who are different
from me (Matthew 7:1-5), and by following the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12). When
our children look back at this time in history, which side of the line can you say you
stood on?