National Review Online posted this article, which very articulately states the direction the homosexual agenda is heading in their effort to not only overturn Prop. 8, but also to force EVERYONE to not only accept their way of life, but celebrate it. Knowledge is power, folks. We cannot allow them to take away our First Amendment rights. Please send this article to everyone that you know - let's get the word out and get the religious right educated on what is REALLY going on! I for one do not intend to let this happen to my free country and my conservative beliefs without a fight.
Many of you have heard about the eHarmony fiasco. If you haven't, check out the story here:
The homosexual activists have gone beyond claiming the need for inclusion, in this case they actually forced a company to form a new service that they weren't built to provide, namely date matching services for same sex couples. This is a Christian company that was targeted by the opposition because it stood for good, wholesome things. It supported long term, stable relationships in order to foster stable marriages and families.
This represents a giant new step for the opposition, it represents a total infringement on the rights of businesses to conduct their business model the way they see fit.
In my place of business, we deal with medical insurance on a daily basis. We work with patients and insurance companies to ensure that the best care possible can be achieved with the most insurance coverage possible. Last month, we had two interesting situations arise.
We had an unmarried heterosexual couple that had been cohabitating for 8 years. This would qualify as a domestic partnership (common law marriage). The female tried to get insurance coverage through the male's insurance, but was repeatedly denied.
The other situation involved a same sex couple who had cohabitated for 1 year, but had registered with the state as a same-sex domestic partnership. One partner was trying to get insurance coverage through the other's insurance. Without question, the partner was accepted and given full coverage.
Who had more rights here? And WHY are they complaining about inequality?
Statement of Ron Prentice, Chairman, ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8
“In last Tuesday’s election, the people of California placed the traditional definition of marriage into the state Constitution. This victory would not have been possible without the support of our 70,000 contributors and over 100,000 dedicated volunteers. It was accomplished with the strong participation of about 80% of California voters, or nearly 14 million people participating in this expression of the People’s will. It is the same process that resulted in the historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States – with about the same percentage of the national vote as received by Proposition 8 in California.
“Since Proposition 8’s victory, a series of protests against churches, small businesses and individual supporters of traditional marriage have taken place in cities across the state. Tragically, some opponents of Prop. 8 who claim to cherish tolerance and civil rights are unabashedly trampling on the rights of others. Protests and boycotts have taken place against a Hispanic restaurant owner in Los Angeles, African American religious leaders in the Bay Area, and a musical theater director in Sacramento, among many others.
“As a diverse group representing many cultural backgrounds, our coalition stands together in solidarity with those whose property and rights are being attacked for the simple act of supporting traditional marriage. No matter your opinion of Proposition 8, we should all agree that it is wrong to intimidate and harass churches, businesses and individuals for participating in the democratic process. We call on our governmental leaders to urge all citizens to respect the rights of everyone to express their views on marriage without fear of reprisal and recrimination.
“ProtectMarriage.com also wants you to know that a strong legal defense of Proposition 8 is being prepared. We anticipated that Prop 8’s passage would result in advocates of same-sex marriage turning to the courts to attempt to overturn the People’s affirmation of traditional marriage as a societal good. We will be announcing our legal strategy next week, but rest assured that we will vigorously defend the People’s will to enshrine traditional marriage in the state Constitution.
“We are extremely grateful to the 5.7 million voters who stood up to support traditional marriage, and to all those who gave generously of their time and resources to protect the institution of marriage. We look forward to continuing to work with you to protect marriage in California and ensure that the People’s vote is respected.”
My husband and I agree that the biggest problem for McCain and Palin was the George W. Bush administration. It is hard to believe that after 8 years of leading the country (6 of which included a republican senate majority), we are now stuck with an even bigger government and a national debt in the trillions. To me, the basics that the republican party stand for are less government and conservative spending. Sarah Palin agrees (see Politico.com):
Palin pointed a finger at the Bush administration for souring the GOP brand, adding that it was “amazing” that the McCain campaign did as well as it did.
“I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years, that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration? How have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration?” Palin said.
“If we’re talking change, we want to get far away from what it was that the present administration represented, and that is to a great degree what the Republican Party at the time had been representing. So people desiring change, I think, went as far from the administration that is presently seated as they could. It's amazing that we did as well as we did.”
Well, I'm no prognosticator, but I would be willing to bet that the Obama administration will not diminish the size of our government, in fact, he will increase it. And we all know what to expect with the spending...
With all the anti-Mormon protests and threats of violence (a classmate of my daughter's at Moorpark High School called her all kinds of obscene names and threatened to burn our house down) both here in CA and in Salt Lake City, it is good to get some positive reinforcement for all the work we put in to get Prop. 8 passed. It seems like the negative stuff gets all the press...but this blog made me smile! The two men who write Article 6 blog, John and Lowell, are right on! I highly recommend their blog. I hope that MANY of our brothers and sisters in the religious right read that blog too!
Weell, pretty much the only thing I voted for that won was Prop. 8. And unlike these sore losers, I accept the will of the people and will try to make the best with what I've got. Although I am worried about Obama's redistribution of wealth and how that will affect taxes, and his health care plan that seems much more like socialized medicine than anything else; I do respect the office of the President of the United States enough to wish him well and pray for him daily. Frankly, I feel sorry for Obama. He is starting out his term with nothing short of a disaster on his hands. Job rates down, economy a mess, crime increasing, and on the national front, Russia is raising its ugly head once again...and that isn't even taking the Islamic terrorists into consideration. Obama made many promises during his campaign...I hope he will be able to fix SOMETHING, because the natives are restless!
How will the results of this election change my day to day life? Well, I got into the habit of expressing my opinion pretty freely while campaigning for Prop. 8, and I don't see that changing. The world we live in is calling for some voices from the religious right, which is a community that has typically avoided confrontation and ruffling of feathers. I encourage my fellow Evangelical conservatives to continue to speak your minds. We have seen what we can do in the passing of Prop. 8...now is NOT the time to slip back into that world of meekness and silence. Take an active role in your communities - and if you can, get involved in local government or school boards. If we are to protect what we worked so hard for, we will need to be active in defending it daily. (I know, I know...just when you thought it was over...)
Prop. 8 passed! After hundreds of hours of walking my neighborhood, phone-calling, commenting on YouTube videos, blogging, writing letters to the editors of 6 major newspapers and magazines, sign waving, counting votes at the polling center, displaying and protecting yard signs, fasting, praying, and blood, sweat, and tears....the voters have spoken, and marriage regained it's rightful definition - between a man and a woman only. Frankly, I feel jubilant. I feel justified and vindicated. I feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders and I can finally relax...for awhile. We were told by Coalition leaders that grass-roots campaigns can effect the vote by a 6% margin. Prop. 8 is passed on a 4% margin. I think we can safely say that our efforts have passed this Proposition. We were told that there has NEVER, in the history of politics, been such a huge grass-roots effort. WE MADE HISTORY! Look, America, at what you can do! And, may I say (yes, a bit smugly, I admit) Look at what HOUSEWIVES can do! My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the following: The voters, who put up with all the phone calls, door knocks, and door hangers and voted YES anyway! My fellow Yes on 8 Campaign workers - you are an amazing bunch of people and I am honored to be on your team! My Heavenly Father, who heard and answered fervent prayers.
UPDATE: LDS Church RespondsPut very mildly, but I agree.
href="http://www.kutv.com/content/news/topnews/story.aspx?content_id=e1f83189-843f-41d7-84c4-2029fbd9a2ce">This is the most incredible piece of religious bigotry I've seen in modern times.
I cannot even begin to express my disgust in the no on 8 campaign and their followers. They will do ANYTHING to win, even commit the same kind of malicious slander that they are supposedly trying to protect themselves from... I can't believe I share a planet with such people.
Write letters, folks - to CNN, MSNBC: firstname.lastname@example.org (in the subject line, write "To the Editor") - to protest their airing of this vile video and the religious bigotry it stands for. May it backfire on those people and drive intelligent voters our way!