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The election will be over; respect remains

Posted: November 1, 2008 3:27 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.
Over the past two weeks, my family has been subjected to vile language, accusations, and threats as a result of our decision to post a “Yes on Prop. 8” sign in our yard.

Last weekend, my family was awakened from their sleep twice after midnight by people ringing our doorbell incessantly, and upon rising for church, we found our yard desecrated and items of our property destroyed.
I have endured screams of “bigot!” from the very people who have harassed my family and desecrated my home, and this despite the fact that I have never accused or berated those who see this issue differently than I do.

I believe passionately in the right of all people to make their own choices. I decry any discrimination based on skin color, gender, nationality, or lifestyle choices.

In my mind, however, allowing the state to redefine the meaning of marriage — an institution I hold sacred and believe to be divinely structured — seriously erodes the separation of church and state.
You may not care why I choose to vote “yes” on Proposition 8, and indeed, that is not the point of this letter.

In a free society, a single individual can not control what happens in the voter box. That individual can, however, control how they react to those who have a different point of view.

It is my belief that, when all is said and done, the respect we have shown to one another, or have not shown to one another, during the election process will say far more than the final tally of the vote.


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