Myths and Facts about Proposition 8 by rrboy


									                                            Myths and Facts about
                                                    Proposition 8
                          “ We need to remember that we are all children of God possessed of
                  human dignity…Protecting the traditional understanding of marriage should
        not in any way disparage our brothers and sisters—even if they disagree with us.”
                                                    —California Bishops of California, August 1, 2008

                       RECOGNIZED IN CALIFORNIA.”

Myth:       In their statement supporting Proposition 8, the Catholic bishops imply that only a
            relationship that produces children can be called marriage.
Fact:       In their statement the bishops say: “The marriage of a man and a woman embraces not
            only their sexual complementarity as designed by nature but includes their ability to
            procreate.” The Church’s understanding and teaching about marriage as a natural and
            sacramental institution between one man and one woman is about essential
            complementarity—not fertility. In addition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states—
            regarding marriage: “Its indissoluble character and its value of communion remain even
            when children…do not arrive to complete conjugal life.”

Myth:       It is a violation of the “separation of Church and state” for the Catholic bishops to
            support Proposition 8.
Fact:       In America we are blessed with the freedom of religion. As Catholics we may offer our
            fellow citizens our vision of the human person and the common good. There are many
            ideologies in our pluralistic society—all of which compete in the public policy arena.
            The final decisions about laws reflect the consensus of the citizens through
            representative democracy or direct referenda.

Myth:       Proposition 8 will place discrimination in our state’s constitution.

Fact:       Proposition 8 does not discriminate against anyone. Under California law, “domestic
            partners shall have the same rights, protections and benefits” as married spouses.
            (Family Code §297.5)

Myth:       The guarantee of “privacy” in the California constitution means that gays and
            lesbians have a right to marry.
Fact:       The fact that the state recognizes and licenses marriage makes the institution a public
            matter—contrary the beliefs and wishes of some in our society. Never before the May
            15, 2008 ruling by the California Supreme Court has a federal court or a state’s high court
            found that the “right to privacy” meant that there is a constitutional right to marry a
            person of the same sex. If Proposition 8—a constitutional amendment—passes it will
            affirm the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
                                                                                        Prepared by the staff of the
                                                                                      California Catholic Conference
                                                                     1119 K Street, 2 Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
                                                                              (916) 313-4000

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