No on Proposition 8: Anybody Should Have the Right of Marriage in California?
by Rich Deem


"Anybody should have the right to marry" is the assertion of the latest television ads by those opposed to Proposition 8. In fact, the official No On Proposition 8 website's slogan is "Don't Eliminate Marriage For Anyone" and "It's wrong to treat people differently under the law." Although these idea sound reasonable on the surface, have you really thought what are the implications of suddenly declaring marriage a "right" for all people?

Marriage is not a right!

Marriage had never been a right until declared to be so by four activist California Supreme Court judges earlier this year. The implications of declaring marriage a right of all people has far-reaching consequences on the future of law and morality in the state of California, along with the rest of the United States. Even now, numerous laws exist in California that restrict the ability of certain people to enter into a marriage contract. First, marriage is only allowed between adults, not minors. Second, marriage is only allowed between two individuals. Multiple partner marriages (polygamy and polyandry) are not legal. Third, marriage is not allowed between closely related individuals (brothers, sisters, and first cousins). If marriage is declared a fundamental right of all individuals, then all restrictions to marriage would be declared unconstitutional, opening the doors to polygamy, polyandry, incest, and child marriage. The state of California ha already declared that it is right to treat some people differently under the law. Marriage is not a legal free-for-all, but was designed to encourage one man and one woman to stay together for the purpose of producing and raising children.

Denying fundamental rights is wrong!

Under California state law, any two individuals are allowed to form a domestic partnership, which grants those individuals all the legal rights of married individuals (Family Code 297.5). So, proposition 8 does not deny the legal rights of any individual.

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If you believe that marriage should be allowed for anybody, then you should vote no on Proposition 8. However, if marriage is declared a right for all individuals then any laws that restrict that right will be declared unconstitutional, requiring that polygamy, polyandry and incestuous marriage be made legal. If Proposition 8 fails, mark my words, that within 3 years, this California Supreme Court will legalize multiple partner marriage and incestuous marriage in the state of California. Child marriage will not be too many years down the road. Vote YES on Proposition 8.

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