Straights are killing traditional marriage

Reader ‘oneofseven’ couldn’t of said this any better…”

“As a married heterosexual, I take strong exception to my marriage being used as a tool of discrimination. How dare the church groups try to control what this most fundamental public declaration of love and commitment between two consenting adults. Marriage for all, or marriage for none”

And now, another page from the “gay agenda.”

You know what I’m talking about: The homosexual conspiracy that will force priests to perform gay marriages against Biblical laws, insert gay teachings into public school curricula, farm out foster children to pedophiles, destroy traditional families, and lead to legal polygamy and bestiality, incest and child marriages.

That “gay agenda.”

This was the sort of hate speech used by supporters of California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure that stated “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized.” It passed on Tuesday with 52.5 per cent of the vote.

Nothing like hope and change and “Yes we can!” for some of the people some of the time.

As in “I do” – but gays don’t.

Which made Wednesday night’s demonstrations by thousands in Los Angeles – reminiscent of 1969’s Greenwich Village Stonewall Riots – understandable.

Not only are some 18,000 marriages in California now technically in legal limbo, but gays and lesbians had, by majority vote, their minority rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness taken away from them.

As my friend Maggie Cassella, a Connecticut lawyer turned Toronto comic, puts it, given a choice between world peace and gay marriage, she’d opt for the former. That despite her own happy same-sex marriage.

But, she asks, aren’t civil rights civil rights? Apparently not, at least in California, as well as Florida and Arizona, where similar bans were passed on Tuesday.

Another measure in Arkansas, which prevents unmarried couples from adopting children, was also passed, despite the thousands of children in state care.

I personally know of a half-dozen same-sex marriages, which are legal in Canada. I’ve seen the toddlers and the strollers at Gay Pride parades. I can’t see how children in those families are any worse off than those in “normal” families. I can’t see how their same-sex parents take anything away from Mr. and Mississauga.

But make no mistake, hate crimes against gays still happen, even in the Great Pink North. In September, one man was viciously attacked, his jaw broken, in a Vancouver park. Last month, the FBI reported that hate crimes against gays are up in the U.S.

Whether the “H8 measure,” as some call it, will stick remains to be seen.

In June, the California Supreme Court struck down a previous ban on gay marriage. Already three lawsuits are asking that the court overturn the proposition, with two seeking to prevent it from taking effect until its legality is settled.

Proposition 8, which was supported with tens of millions of dollars from Utah’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed because of the large turnout of African-Americans, 70 per cent of whom supported it.

Ironic, because a little more than a generation ago, unions between blacks and whites were illegal in most of the U.S. What’s more, president-elect Barack Obama’s parents were a mixed-race couple who married in Hawaii where “racial purity” was a non-issue.

You’d think the African-American voters of California would remember those ugly miscegenation laws which were not only relics of the slave era, but also said to be God’s will.

In fact, the same people who would go on to rail against gays today used to preach against mixed marriages. Come on down Jerry Falwell, who predicted that such unions would “destroy our (white) race.” He was also the guy who, two days after 9/11, went on Pat Robertson’s 700 Club and blamed, among others, the “gays and the lesbians” for the terrorist attacks.

But today, the “white race” is still alive and well, and as powerful as ever.

As for the gay agenda’s destruction of traditional marriage, just look around. Traditional marriage has been committing suicide without any help from anybody.

Antonia Zerbisias is a Living section columnist. She blogs at