Many of you are aware of this initiative that we will be voting on in November. Proposition 8 states, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
For months we have been struggling with the social and legal complexities of this issue. Please don’t misunderstand, there was never any question in our minds about which way we would vote. But we struggled with how to talk about it with friends who don’t share our convictions. We’ve gone over the arguments for and against keeping the original meaning of the word marriage many times with family and friends. We have watched people polarize on this issue. Even people who we greatly respect vehemently oppose Proposition 8. We’ve seen our beliefs and religion criticized. We’ve worried deeply about what friends might be thinking about our stance or how they might respond to our vote.
There are many friends and colleagues—some whom we hold dear—who we know will completely disagree with our decision. We hope our relationship can remain unharmed despite our differences.
When it comes down to it, there is no reconciling our personal knowledge with the social arguments. So, we base our vote on the following statements of principle and belief, in Colin’s words, which are mine as well:
I know there is a God. It is a fact to me. I know that he is our father, and that he loves all of us. I know that he justly holds us accountable for our level of understanding of him and his laws. I know that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World). Therefore, I stand accountable to God to live by this principle; no matter how much the collective intellect of society, including my most trusted and respected friends, disagrees.
We welcome your thoughts and opinions.
–Jeannie & Colin