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San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial: No on Proposition 8

Timothy Kincaid

September 19th, 2008

The San Diego Union-Tribune mirrors the shift in thinking that Californians have had since Proposition 22:

In the past, this page has advocated civil unions for gay couples rather than marriage. But our thinking has changed, along with that of many other Californians. Gay and lesbian couples deserve the same dignity and respect in marriage that heterosexual couples have long enjoyed. We urge a No vote on Proposition 8.

They join the Los Angeles Times and the San Jose Mercury News.

(hat tip to reader Stefano)

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Eddie89
September 19th, 2008 | LINK

I’m a native San Diegan and I’m very proud that the Union Tribune has officially opposed Prop. 8! As has San Diego’s Republican Mayor, Jerry Sanders!

Awesome!

I’m so glad that I chose to marry my husband in my hometown of San Diego!

Ben in Oakland
September 19th, 2008 | LINK

Sent to the Oakland tribune today:

Dear Editor:

Fred Patton argues that Prop. 8 threatens churches– “their constitutionally guaranteed freedom to practice their religion … attacked by lawsuits requiring them to perform gay marriage ceremonies.” He cites Catholic Charities in Massachusetts, which stopped offering all adoption services, rather than facilitate adoptions by gay couples.

His example is far more complicated, and not relevant. Catholic Charities is not the Church. This had nothing to do with marriage, gay or otherwise, but civil and contract law. Their choice in fact WAS their freedom of religion.

The initiative deals strictly with civil marriage, nor religion. What if the Church refuses to marry divorced people, or a synagogue to marry non-Jews? They already do, and their “constitutionally guaranteed” freedom of religion means no law can force them to do otherwise. But what about Reformed Jews, Episcopalians, Unitarians, UCC, and other churches that are eager to marry gay people? Is freedom of religion only for conservative churches?

Finally, there is this: would any couple would turn the happiest day of their lives into a legal and political nightmare in order to force compliance at a church where their presence and families are unwelcome, their union unrecognized, and their love denigrated?

Somehow, I don’t think so.

Eddie89
September 20th, 2008 | LINK

Ben – Awesome letter! Your points on how churches are not threatened by the State’s sanctioning of same-sex “CIVIL” marriage is right on target!

KUDOS to you!

Ben in Oakland
September 24th, 2008 | LINK

THANKS.

Ken Lei
November 3rd, 2008 | LINK

My friend witnessed a security guard vandalizing a No on Prop 8 poster on Pasadena Art Center campus. He couldn’t get his camera out on time to video tape the action, but did take a picture of the poster (http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/qq8/kennethlei/Noonprop8Vandalized.jpg). He reported the incident to the head of the security on campus. Sadly they did not take it seriously, even it was committed by a security guard. Note that the security guard appears to be strongly opposed to male same sex marriage but gets turned on by the idea of a lesbian couple. I despise these perverted people who claim that they are morally righteous beings!!

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