Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Supporting Traditional Marriage/Proposition 8: Links and Resources

I wanted to keep track of the different resources of which I have become aware, and figured this would be a good place to do it so that others can have access to them, too. If you know of more good resources, please let me know. (Edit: Disclaimer -- I haven't read all of the links, so I'm not necessarily saying I advocate every thing that is said in the posts below. Even still, I think it is valuable to consider the thoughts of different people who support the proposition. I have added some of my thoughts about ones I have read below.)

I've already written about this article, which talks about how those not in California can help by making phone calls to assess voter sentiment.

The folks over at Millennial Star are compiling a list of articles, videos, websites, personal experiences, etc. * on this topic. Thanks, all!

Following are links that people have sent me:

Website created by people in CA which includes links to editorials, court cases, social science studies, etc.

LA Times Op-Ed piece: "Protecting Marriage to Protect Children" (written by a liberal Democrat, no less -- this to me is one of the best articles I have read in terms of how it explores the importance of traditional marriage for children)

A detailed analysis of the issue, complete with talking points (to be honest, this one is a bit too strident/confrontational for my liking, but it still brings up some important points)

Website created by those working on Proposition 8 in the Poway area
(includes forms, presentations by local people involved in the effort, a PDF to the pamphlet created for the campaign, talking points, and more)

There may be more, but for now, that's a start.

*I thought I would reproduce the list here, too.

Statements from the LDS Church:

The Divine Institution of Marriage

LDS Church Expresses Disappointment in California Gay Marriage Decision

General Information:

Townhall Meetings Turn Out Supporters Statewide

Young Adults and Liberals Struggle with Morality




New Study Shows Polling Significantly Understates Support for Traditional Marriage

Couple fight gender-neutral language in wedding license


Proposition 8


Prop 8 supporters go door-to-door

Church members leading the fight for Prop 8

Cal. polls understate support for Prop. 8

Liberal Democrat opposes SSM, supports Prop. 8

The California Supreme Court decision is arrogant and confused

“We have banished morality from serious public discourse”

Judicial overreach

Destroying the institution of marriage is only the beginning

Gay marriage opponents are not giving up

The “discrimination” claim is completely bogus

It is extremely clear that children do best when raised by a mother and a father

More children being raised by a mother and a father lowers the crime rate

There is very little long-term demand for marriage among gays and lesbians

Divorce is much more common among same-sex couples

Evidence from northern Europe (which has had SSM the longest) shows that legalized SSM leads to an overall destruction of marriage as an institution in general. There is a direct correlation between the prevalence of SSM and co-habitation, the rise of legal polyamory, an increase of children born out of wedlock and a slippery slope of moral decay.

Personal experience:

The My Girl Bill

California Saints are Heeding the Call

Why we are involved in Prop. 8


Chino Blanco said...

Do your efforts here bring you joy?

How sad.

m_and_m said...

Chino, this isn't something that leaves me bouncing around the house with joy. This is a hard thing all around. A part of me would rather sit back and do nothing because it is so hard, and because efforts like mine are misunderstood.

But it is something I feel compelled to get involved in. As I have said before, my efforts are about supporting and upholding traditional marriage, which I feel needs to be upheld. But that should not be viewed as an anti-gay position or effort.

It brings me no joy that people are upset by all of this and that this issue is, by definition, as divisive as it is.

Chino Blanco said...

Well, maybe you've done some good, who knows?

You've been at it for what ... almost a decade now?

Maybe I'm just an ungrateful jerk who stubbornly refuses to recognize just how much you've truly helped me and my wife weather the challenge of our mutual attraction.

Rock on.

m_and_m said...

Sorry, Chino, I'm not quite sure what you are trying to say to me.

Chino Blanco said...

I'm trying to say "Thank You" ...

The wife and I are forever in your debt.

m_and_m said...

Without voice inflection and given how much you don't like the whole prop 8 thing, you really have me confused.

But hey, that's not the first time something like that has happened (me being confused, that is). :)

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m_and_m said...

Uh, djinn, what spurred this comment?