Prop 8: Five Little Lies





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Published on Sep 30, 2008

The first Yeson8-ProtectMarriage commercial tells five little lies...

For those interested, here are the sources...

California Supreme Court ruling on Marriage:

- this is where I found that Proposition 22 was anything but ignored (search for the term and see how often it appears, notice that one of the parties involved is the Proposition 22 Legal Defense Fund); Proposition 22 states that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California" - in ruling in favor of same-sex couples, the court found this to be unconstitutional
- please also search for the quote I used in my second slide... clear religious exemptions that show that acceptance of same-sex marriage is anything but mandatory

California Supreme Court ruling on Non-discrimination:

- this is the first court case that is cited in the ad; here is the opening paragraph...

"Do the rights of religious freedom and free speech, as guaranteed in both the federal and the California Constitutions, exempt a medical clinic's physicians from complying with the California Unruh Civil Rights Act's prohibition against discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation? Our answer is no."

See anything about marriage in that? Nope. See anything about the Unruh Civil Rights Act? Yip.

Article on Religious Tax-Exemptions:

- this is the article that is cited in the ad; here is the quote that the article itself highlights...

"We view religious groups as deserving of tax-exempt status because they are not political and provide charity to so many. But when they cross the line and become political, they jeopardize the public subsidy they enjoy."

See anything about religious groups losing tax-exempt status for not recognizing same-sex marriages? Nope. See anything about religious groups losing tax-exempt status for actively working on ballot initiatives? Yip.

California Education Code:

- this is the code that regulates education in California
- the ad makes the claim that as a result of the marriage ruling, same-sex marriage will be taught in public schools; in reality, education in California is governed by the California Education Code; it governs what students should and shouldn't learn and encourages broad community and parent participation in determining what's appropriate; it also includes strong exemptions for parents; regardless of the marriage ruling and regardless of Prop 8, students may or may not learn about families with same-sex parents and may or may not learn that in some jurisdictions same-sex parents can get married; the only difference the ruling and Prop 8 make is that IF students learn about these things, they will learn that California is one of the jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is or isn't legal.

Proposition 8 Title and Summary:

- this is the official voter guide; take a gander at the title; Prop 8 seeks to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.

  • Category

  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Michael Andrews
  • Album

    • Donnie Darko (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Writers

    • Roland Orzabal
  • Licensed by

    • [Merlin] Redeye Distribution (on behalf of Everloving Records); BMG Rights Management, Heaven 11, CMRRA, and 8 Music Rights Societies


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