DonAithnen (donaithnen) wrote,

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Wow, you know what the big nation-wide election contest is this year? Okay, besides the presidential election? California Proposition 8 *boggle* For those who don't live in California and aren't plugged into the right info-networks to have heard about this (which is quite possibly none of you) prop 8 is the one to add an amendment to the California constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

I wasn't surprised that such an issue has drawn the conservatives out of the woodwork and i already knew that the LDS church was actively recruiting its members to make donations to the "Yes on 8" cause, but apparently that's just the tip of the iceberg. Donations for both sides have apparently been coming in from all over the country. The "Yes" people had a head start at first it seems, before the gay and lesbian groups and other civil rights activists started panicking and sent out a battle cry. By this point it's had more money poured into it than everything besides the presidential race itself. Over $60 million so far and still going.

In fact it seems that a few people actually do think it's more important than the presidential race.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobby based in Washington, said in an interview, “It’s more important than the presidential election.”

“We’ve picked bad presidents before, and we’ve survived as a nation,” said Mr. Perkins, who has made two trips to California in the last six weeks. “But we will not survive if we lose the institution of marriage.”

O RLY? Our very survival is dependent on this proposition passing? What are they afraid of? That if homosexual couples start getting married in California or elsewhere in the US then all of the sudden all the straight couples will throw up their hands and say "well if _they're_ getting married then i don't want to!"?

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