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Words matter in marriage debate

Posted: October 29, 2008 8:36 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Should homosexuality be redefined to mean the same thing as heterosexuality and vice versa?
If this sounds ridiculous, there's a reason. It is ridiculous.

The meanings of words are what allow us to make distinctions. This is important because when things are distinct, nobody wants to confuse the issue.

Just because both homosexuals and heterosexuals are having sex or are attracted to each other doesn't make it the same act.

The fact remains that there is a difference. The same applies to marriage.

In protest, our friends say: Gay love is love. However, it is still distinct from heterosexual love. The proof?

The simple fact that they called it "gay love." But the issue is not love; the issue is marriage. And marriage is not gay any more than the term "homosexual" means the same thing as "heterosexual."

"Civil union" is the term of distiinction already designated to the homosexual commitment. The term allows for freedom of speech and separation of church and state.

Though some would have you believe that Proposition 8 is an issue of equality in the face of bigotry, it is not. It is on the ballot because of a tolerance and morality crisis which has lead to a definition crisis.

Should it fail, it will become a watershed breach of constitutional rights that failed to protect our freedom of speech and religion.

To speak in disagreement on grounds of religious and moral conviction, or even because you later change your mind, will no longer be protected either publicly or privatrly.

Suddenly, what has become of tolerance, constitutional rights and separation of church and state?

The state will have the obligation to control what is said, taught, and acted on in all places, religious or not, if what is said, taught or acted on does not agree with the new definition. Vote "yes" on Proposition 8.

It is the only vote that retains freedom regardless of your view.

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