Sunday, October 19, 2008

Yes for Marriage

I am unabashedly in favor of marriage being defined thusly in Arizona:

"Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state."

That is simple and clear in twenty words. In the upcoming election, Arizonans are voting on whether or not to add these words to the Arizona Constitution via Proposition 102.

"But," you ask, "why do we need Prop 102? Isn't marriage already secure in Arizona law?"

No. In May, California judges redefined marriage in that state. The Arizona Constitution is the highest law in our state, so amending the Constitution is the only way to prevent judges or politicians from tampering with the definition of marriage here. In addition to being merely statutory, the current law is also more limited that Prop 102 because it does not define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"Who's supporting Prop 102?"

Support for Prop 102 reaches across all cultural, religious, and political lines. Arizonans are united in support of defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"I've heard Prop 102 is about more than marriage. Is that true?"

No. This amendment does one thing and one thing alone: simply secures marriage for our children and grandchildren. Everyone has a right to live how they choose, but no one has a right to redefine marriage for all of society.

I am supporting and voting for Proposition 102. If you are registered to vote in Arizona, I urge you to do likewise. Vote "Yes" on Prop 102!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Hi Marsha!
    I'm so proud of you for taking a stand for the right and speaking out. I've been speaking out about Prop 8 in California on my blog this week - even though I don't vote there. It's interesting that the Arizona Prop 102 is not getting the same media attention. (It seems like) Good for you!!


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