I am a little puzzled at the lack of outrage among Californians over the action by our state supreme court to legalize same-sex marriage. Proposition 8 proposes adding a formal amendment to our state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Those opposing Proposition 8 have tried to put a negative spin on the issue with inflammatory and unfounded arguments that existing rights would be taken away from domestic partnerships and hardships would be imposed on gay couples. This is simply not true. Consenting adults have the right to live any way they choose but they do not have the right to demand that society redefine marriage in order to validate their lifestyle.
The negative ramifications of legalized same-sex marriage are real. In Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal, the Catholic Diocese of Boston has chosen to close Catholic Charities rather than be forced to arrange adoptions for same-sex couples. This is only one example of the rights of the many being usurped by the few. Those of us who support Proposition 8 are not against civil rights for anyone but we do wish to restore the definition of marriage to what it has always been: between one man and one woman.