Write to Marry is a blogger effort to spread the word about the following legal issues coming up for vote in the upcoming election:
California, Proposition 8 "Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California"
Arizona: Proposition 102: "...if approved by Arizona voters, will amend the Arizona Constitution by adding the following article related to marriage: Marriage - Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state"
Florida: Proposition 2: "Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized"
Whatever your personal feelings, codifying a them in a constitution is a serious undertaking that will hurt people and benefit no one. The value of "traditional" marriage doesn't go up; no one is served by relegating homosexuals to the position of second class citizens. I think most of you have heard me on this issue before so I'll sum it up: If you're willing to commit yourself to another human being who is willing to accept that commitment and return the same, you deserve the same benefits and responsibilities as other people in similar state. I liken it to a parent dying without a will but with two surviving children: one adopted, one bio., and the decision of the court was that adopted child got nothing because he wasn't a "real" relative.
I'm trying not to be preachy and political but in short, a No vote to any of these leaves things as they are and makes no attempt to define marriage any further than it already is. I like that idea. I'd prefer not to codify today's moral judgements in tomorrow's legal documents. I think we've seen where that gets us. (*cough* prohibition *cough*)
For more information:
California: No on 8.
Arizona: No on 102
Florida: No on 2.
Thanks to kajivar for the link to Write and some of the text which I gleefully stole.