The San Bernardino County Sun was kind enough to print a letter I sent last week regarding Proposition 8. A section that The Sun edited out (probably for length) is enclosed in :
"Proposition 8 would amend our state constitution to recognize only marriage between a man and a woman as valid in California. [Interestingly, 75% of voters in San Bernardino County voted for this same wording in 2000 before the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage earlier this year. As I’ve talked with many voters in our community on Proposition 8, it’s become clear that the mainstream of our county still believes that marriage between a man and a woman is the God-ordained way that families are created and established.]
"Many Californians, including me, are concerned that if Proposition 8 fails our children will be taught in schools that same-sex marriage is equal to traditional marriage. Opponents of Proposition 8 say that this won’t happen, but should we really believe this?
"Earlier this year we saw how a few individuals using the court system can widely affect what our state is required to do. All it will take are a few activists and a court decision to change the way marriage is taught in our schools. In fact, all it takes is one teacher with an agenda to change the way marriage is taught in your child’s class. I see little protection from these scenarios without Proposition 8.
"Opponents of Proposition 8 say that even if same-sex marriage is taught in schools, I have the right under California law to withdraw my child at any time. But do we really want it to come to this? And what about teachers who aren’t comfortable including same-sex marriage in their curriculum? Will they be able to withdraw without fear of losing their jobs or being sued?
"Please consider these questions before you vote on Proposition 8."