This morning, the proponents of Prop 8 turned to their only real weapon when they began their ad campaign to eliminate marriage for same-sex couples -- fear and lies.Like everything else in this election season, the ad is ugly and full of lies. Meanwhile, the NY TImes Op Ed:
Their ad claims that the California Supreme Court "mandated" the right to marry for same-sex couples and, as a result, school children will be taught about same-sex marriage unless Prop 8 passes.
Of course it's a blatant lie.
What the Court did was uphold the Constitution's promise of equality.
And the proponents know that their claim that the law requires that children be taught about same-sex marriage in school is also a lie, just like the other false claims in their misleading ad.
It is our fervent hope that Californians will reject this mean-spirited attempt to embed second-class treatment of one group of citizens in the State Constitution.
Several of us have now seen ads. The one I saw was full of lies, and what particularly struck me was that they said "Churches opposed to gay marriage will lose their tax exemptions!"
Is that their biggest worry?
In any case, that is a lie (and they know it); churches are free to denounce gays and deny marriages wherever they like regardless. The Roman Catholics have never been forced to marry divorced couples although divorce is CIVILLY legal. Unlike Canada, we have no restrictions on religious speech about issues (as opposed to candidates, as dear Dr Primrose has explained to us).
The problem they have is that since June, gays have been marrying all over California, and demonstrably this has had no negative effect on anything. Indeed, the sun came up this morning AGAIN! QED.