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Religious leaders oppose Prop. 8

October 17, 2008 - 11:37 am

Yesterday at the No on Prop. 8 headquarters in Hillcrest, 35 leaders from various religious denominations spent the afternoon dialing up potential voters as part of an organized statewide effort to inform the public that you can be religious and support the right of gays and lesbians to marry.

“I think it’s really important for the community at large to see that there is a large and strong Christian voice that stands in opposition to this,” said Pastor Scott Landis of the Mission Hills United Church of Christ. “And it’s standing on the side of fairness.”

Fairness and civil rights were the theme of the calls; clergy members’ message to voters was that the ballot measure isn’t about religion at all.

“I think that people are afraid that the freedom would somehow impact their religious beliefs or their family,” said state Sen. Christine Kehoe, who stopped by the phone bank. “It won’t. It’s a civil rights issue.”

Clergy members also tried to dispel claims made by Prop. 8 advocates—for example, that churches will lose their tax-exempt status or be sued if they refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Those arguments seem to be having an impact: in August, Prop. 8 looked like it would be easily defeated, but more recent polls show that voters are pretty evenly split on the issue.

“It’s just false,” Rev. Arvid Straube from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego said about the tax-exempt-status claim. “It’s ironic to me that these religious groups who support Prop. 8 are using false witness—which is a sin—to support their position, and it’s like, when is it OK to state falsehoods?”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex permalink
    October 26, 2008 - 5:48 pm 5:48 pm

    Yes on 8

    It’s about protecting marriages and families, not restricting rights or creating hate.

  2. Catherine permalink
    October 31, 2008 - 2:01 pm 2:01 pm

    I do not hate anyone from the gay community and I am voting “yes” on prop 8. It’s obvious to me from various articles and statements I have read that there are those who don’t think it is possible to put these two assertions in the same sentence. But I am writing this to let people know that there are many, many people who are voting “yes” on 8 and are not doing so out of hate. I am not motivated by hate. The reason I go out and encourage people to vote “yes” and have a “yes” sign in my yard is motivated by my love for God and His laws and commandments. As a Christian, I believe with all my soul that God Himself started this institution called marriage at the beginning of time and established it as a union between a man and a woman; that’s it! No addendums, no “but maybe later”s, a union between a man and a woman. I am working to keep God’s institution the way He established it; nothing more and nothing less.

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