Re-open Proposition 8 for California
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Facts v. Fiction
Proposition 8 would eliminate fundamental rights for a group of Californians. Its unfair and its wrong.
Fiction: Prop 8 doesnt discriminate against gay people.
Fact: Prop 8 is simple: it eliminates the rights for same-sex couples to marry. Prop 8 would deny equal protections and write discrimination against one group of peoplelesbian and gay peopleinto our state constitution.
Fiction: Teaching children about same-sex marriage will happen here unless we pass Prop 8.
Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education. And no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it.
Californias top educators including Superintendent of Schools Jack OConnell and California Teachers all agree: Prop 8 has nothing to do with education.
Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.
Fact: The court decision regarding marriage specifically says no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.
Fiction: A Massachusetts case about a parents objection to the school curriculum will happen here.
Fact: California gives parents an absolute right to remove their kids and opt-out of teaching on health and family instruction they dont agree with. The opponents know that California law already covers this and Prop 8 wont affect it, so they bring up an irrelevant case in Massachusetts.
Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco
Fact: Prop 8 is about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didnt grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges arent supposed to protect rights and freedoms. Prop 8 is about whether Californians are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.
Fiction: If Prop 8 isnt passed, people can be sued over personal beliefs.
Fact: Californias laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.
Fiction: Pepperdine University supports the Yes on 8 campaign.
Fact: The University has publicly disassociated itself from Professor Richard Peterson of Pepperdine University, who is featured in the ad, and has asked to not be identified in the Yes on 8 advertisements.
Fiction: Unless Prop 8 passes, California parents wont have the right to object to what their children are taught in school.
Fact: California law clearly gives parents and guardians broad authority to remove their children from any health instruction if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or moral convictions.