I realize this is just a state law, so many of you who live outside of California might not have heard of it. But Proposition 8 is the "Protect Marriage act", keeping marriage between only a man and a woman. Back in 2000, we fought for Prop. 22, for the same thing, and it passed with 61% of the vote. Recently, four California judges found a loop-hole in California's constitution and decided to overturn it, making marriage open to same-sex couples.
Proposition 8 says "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." It does not take away any rights or benefits from gay or lesbian domestic partners. Under California law, they "shall have the same rights, protections and benefits" as married spouses. Prop. 8 won't change this. It just won't be called marriage. And MOST importantly (to me), public school teachers won't have the option of teaching it to our children without our consent.
The First Presidency of our church has written statements about Prop. 8, urging us as members of the LDS church, to get involved by knocking doors, making phone calls, and donating. Their letters have been read in church several times over the past couple of months. Before all of this, I'm not sure I would have felt the severity of it all. Like most of us, I've known gay people and seen lots of good. It's not a character debate or a matter of passing judgement. It's about protecting the family, protecting the most precious institution of marriage, protecting religion, and protecting our children from what would be a horribly confusing perspective.
Come November, VOTE. and Vote Yes on Prop. 8.