Shocked at Prop. 8 fact twisting

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After seeing some of the recent television commercials and web ads in support of Proposition 8, which would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, I am frankly shocked at the facts that are being twisted to support this, and at the sheer number of people that believe them without researching the claims on their own. First off, those trying to pass Prop 8 claim that it is required to prevent same-sex marriage from being taught to children in schools. This is an outright lie- in California, parental consent is required before students can undergo any sort of family or sex education. Furthermore, same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for several years, without kindergartners being taught about it. Secondly, Prop 8’s supporters claim it is required to protect their freedom of religion, to keep pastors or other who speak out against gay marriage, or refuse to perform same-sex marriages in their churches, from being charged with hate speech. Another falsity- the May ruling legalizing same-sex marriage explicitly states that the ruling does not restrict the freedom of speech of anyone. Proponents of Proposition 8 claim that marriage is more than just a contract- in this regard, they are completely correct. As stated by Justice Roger Traynor in Perez v. Sharp (1948), which declared a ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional, “Marriage is something more than a civil contract subject to regulation by the state; it is a fundamental right.” Keep discrimination out of our constitution- as a straight, first-time voter, I will be voting against Proposition 8 on November 4th, and I urge anyone else who supports freedom, equality, individual rights, to do the same. Graham Littljeohn Meadow Vista