My wife, Gena, and I recently recorded a public service announcement, lending our support for California's Proposition 8. While many of those opposing the measure are resorting to labeling citizens who support it as hatemongers, we are joining millions of others in simply restoring what "We the People" of California and the legislature voted into law in 2000. Here's the script and our rationale:
Chuck: Hi, I'm Chuck Norris, and this is my wife, Gena, and we're sharing with you from our Texas ranch about California's Proposition 8, the marriage amendment that maintains the union between a man and woman. As part-time residents of the Golden State, also, we are concerned about the precedent set by Proposition 8 and its effect on the rest of the nation.
Gena: For some citizens of California, the need for Proposition 8 might seem a bit confusing. In 2000, a strong majority voted to uphold the definition of a traditional marriage with a statewide referendum. But Proposition 22, as it was called, only amended state civil code. However, in May of 2008, four California state Supreme Court judges (against the will of the California citizens) voted that laws "limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violate the state constitutional rights of same-sex couples." That is why Prop. 8 is needed; it would amend the constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Just as you voted in 2000.
Chuck: We encourage Californians to vote "yes" for Prop. 8 for three simple reasons. First, we don't believe four judges should have the right to overturn laws already passed by voters and the state legislature. Their job is to apply the laws to specific situations, not to create new ones or legislate from the bench. The majority of Californians have already spoken, and it is simply not right for a very small minority to override their decision.
Gena: The second reason that we encourage Californians to vote "yes" for Prop. 8 is because redefining the bounds of marriage will have an immediate impact upon all of our children, especially those within public schools. California Education Code Section 51933 states that "instruction and materials shall teach respect for marriage and committed relationships." Proposition 8 is not just about preserving traditional marriage but protecting educational curriculum about this sacred union.
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