Tuesday, October 28, 2008
AZ Proposition 102 - Does it discriminate?
For those that have read my earlier post on marriage, it should be obvious that I support proposition 102. What's great is that I can support it unequivically. Why? Because it doesn't have anything else tacked on. It doesn't restrict benifits, it doesn't outlaw civil unions, it doesn't have any of the riders that killed the last attempt. It simply defines marriage to be what society has defined it as for thousands of years.
There may be concerns with some that defining marriage in the State Constitution is somehow an attack on alternative lifestyles. I can't speak for everyone, but for me, proposition 102 is a defensive move. Marriage has been relentlessly attacked for years. It has become progressively weaker as the laws have changed. Marriage now requires less commitment and less responsibility. It has become a more of a selfish than a selfless thing. However, deep down, people recognize marriage and families as the building blocks of society and yet it gets weaker and weaker. Now it seems that even the connection of marriage to families is under attack.
Marriage is between a man and a woman because that's what it takes to start a family. Proposition 102 is not attacking a lifestyle choice but defending the fundamental unit of society.
Vote YES on Proposition 102!