Saturday, October 04, 2008

Banning same-sex marriage

I just got my voter pamphlet, and the explanation of California Proposition 8 seems inadequate. The pamphlet says:
Changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact:
Over the next few years, potential revenue loss, mainly from sales taxes, totaling in the several tens of millions of dollars, to state and local governments.
In the long run, likely little fiscal impact on state and local governments.
What is doesn't explain is that same-sex couples do not truly have to right to marry in California, because no such marriage is recognized under federal law under the Defense of Marriage Act. Even if Prop. 8 passes, same sex couples will still be able to form domestic partnerships and gain whatever benefits are normally available under state marriage law.

So Prop. 8 is not going to affect anyone's taxes, hospital visitation rights, Social Security benefits, or anything like that. Same-sex couples can file joint state income tax returns but not joint federal tax returns, and Prop. 8 will have no effect on that.

Prop. 8 is all about symbols and image, not substantive rights. The gay lobby wants to force the public to accept same-sex marriage as being just like regular marriage. They want the public schools to teach same-sex marriage. Killing Prop. 8 is just a step in that direction.

Barack Obama says that he is against same-sex marriage. Ditto with Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Joe Biden, and a lot of others. People are entitled to such opinions. We should not have the California courts forcing us to accept another view.

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