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California Marriage Amendment

Some activist judges took it upon themselves to "grant equality" to homosexual partnerships even when there is clear legislation that defines a marriage as the union of a man and a woman in California. The only way to stop this misunderstanding is to ammend our state constitutions with an exact definition of what marriage is.

There is a vital connection between the prophecied apostasy ("falling away") of the end times and the rise of homosexuality, which is one of the chief symptoms of a society that has departed from the teaching of God's Word.
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Genesis 2:21-24 Further Study
God ordained marriage between a man and a woman.
Ephesians 5:22-33 Further Study
Confirmed by Jesus and used as a symbol of union between the Church and Himself.

Genesis 19:1-26 Further Study
Sinful behavior in Sodom that brought its destruction
Leviticus 18:22 Further Study
Prohibited in the Old Testament as an "abomination"
Romans 1:24-27 Further Study
Condemned by God as "degrading passions"
1 Corinthians 6:9 Further Study
Among list of those who do not inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 Further Study
Homosexuals may change by faith in Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 1:10
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The law condemns it along with other crimes.

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Christian Leaders Get Involved!

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Calif. gov.: 'We will maybe undo' Prop 8

Nov. 9, 2008 - About the success of Prop 8, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told CNN, "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area."

Schwarzenegger has apparently changed his position on this issue. He used to say that he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Source: UPI

Thousands Protest Passage of Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Initiative

Nov. 9, 2008 - Several groups gathered to protest the passage of Prop. 8. in various places. As many as 10,000 marched in downtown San Diego. Smaller demonstrations were held on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, and Laguna Beach.
Tensions flared at a vigil at Palm Springs City Hall when a supporter of the gay marriage ban carrying a plastic foam cross clashed with protesters... The crowd ripped the cross from her hands and stomped on it. Police made no arrests.
In Salt Lake City about 2000 demonstrators targeted the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Source: Fox
On Sunday, hundreds gathered outside Saddleback Church - in Lake Forest (Orange County), an evangelical megachurch that had pushed for the ban - San Francisco Chronicle

After 30 Marriage Amendments, Will Judges Get the Message?

Nov. 7, 2008 - by Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst, says activist judges should be impressed by the fact that 30 states have now adopted constitutional amendments about marriage.
Judges can trump statutes, but constitutional amendments trump judges. When judges attempt to rewrite constitutions, they cross the line that separates the judicial function from the legislative function, and violate their oaths of office in the process.
Lawsuits against California's new amendment will almost certainly lose. But nothing is for sure with these activist judges.
Source: CitizenLink

Protests Over Gay-Marriage Ban Escalate in California

Nov. 7, 2008 - Gay rights activists, upset by the passage of Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to restrict marriage to a man and a woman, are protesting the result. On Thursday in Los Angeles about 1,000 gay-marriage supporters waved signs and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.

They are especially angry at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) for raising $20 million in funds and encouraging its members to volunteer their time for the campaign. They also plan to protest at the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

"The vote's been passed and we're happy with that result, obviously," said Kui Gomez, a member of the Mormon church. "And you gotta remember it wasn't just the Mormon church that donated money. Evangelicals, the Jewish synagogues, Catholic churches" also contributed, Gomez said.
Source: Fox

Calif. Win Emboldens Coalition of Religious Groups - Newsmax
Prop 8 Protesting Turns Ugly - News10

Note from Editor, Ron Graff: We evangelicals have serious theological differences with the Mormons, but we were able to work together for the shared value of Biblical, traditional marriage. They were magnificent in this struggle. And we must know the battle will get more intense now. If those who agree on this issue do not support one another, we will not prevail.

Remember this poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller:

"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Catholics, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Catholic;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up." - Wikipedia

Reaction to Prop 8 Passage

Nov. 5, 2008 -
Civil rights groups challenge Prop 8 in court - Mercury News
Allred, Couple Announce Prop. 8 Lawsuit - My58
Attorney Matthew D. Staver says that he believes California’s same-sex marriages will be annulled - FindITTPeople
Calif. gay marriage ban vote undecided - SignOnSanDiego - Opponents hold out hope since there are still 3 million ballots to count.
Proposition 8 Wins While Battle Looms in Public Schools and Courts - Pacific Justice Institute - Brad Dacus
Good News: Marriage, Family Prevail at the Polls - CitizenLink
Statement on Proposition 8 Passing by Ron Prentice, Chairman of - Yes on 8

California Approves Gay Marriage Ban

Nov. 5, 2008 - Voters put a stop to same-sex marriage in California by passing Prop. 8, an amendment to the state constitution that affirms that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and Arkansas voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents.
Source: AOL News

Prop. 8 Passed!

Nov. 5, 2008 - With 96% of Precincts Reporting, The California Marriage Amendment is leading with 52.2% "Yes" to 47.8% "No" votes.
Calif Secretary of State
KRCA Election Results
KCRA Results Map
Proposition 8 Battle Gets Ugly - KCRA

Thousands cry out to God at TheCall California

Nov. 2, 2008 - Report by Lori Arnold about TheCall at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Nov. 1. More than 10,000 participants, mostly young people, and many who were on the last day of a 40-day fast, spent 12 hours in unified prayer for God's mercy and for His will to be done through next Tuesday's elections.
Source: Christian Examiner
TheCall Draws 33,000 to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego - See the YouTube video

TV Ads about the Campaign to Protect Marriage

Nov. 3, 2008
YouTube - Ad: Everything To Do With Schools
YouTube - Ad: Truth About Schools
YouTube - Ad: It's Already Happened
YouTube - Ad: Whether You Like It Or Not!
Rick Warren Support For Prop. 8 - Saddleback Community Church

Prop. 8 trails, yet gap keeps narrowing

Oct. 31, 2008 - A new Field Poll shows 44 percent of likely voters favor Proposition 8, 49 percent oppose it and the remaining 7 percent are undecided.

California college students support endorsement of Marriage Protection Amendment

Oct. 25, 2008 - The Student Council of The American River College in Sacramento, California's largest two-year college, voted to support Proposition 8, the Marriage Protection Amendment. Critics organized a recall effort against the students who voted for the resolution.
The resulting turnout broke statewide records for college campus elections. With 3,531 ballots cast Oct 21-22, members targeted for recall won by a 200 to 300-vote margin.
Source: WorldNetDaily

What's Really at Stake in the Gay Marriage Debate?

Oct. 20, 2008 - Theolgian Albert Mohler explains what to expect if gay marriage is legalized and normalized. The essential functions of marriage will change. Children, like the first graders in San Francisco who were recently taken to see their lesbian teacher's homosexual wedding, will be confused about the meaning and purpose of marriage.

Poll: Most will vote yes on Proposition 8

Oct. 17, 2008 - According to Bizjournal's Business Pulse survey, 61 percent say they will vote "Yes" (Oppose same-sex marriage), 36 percent will vote "No." and 3 percent are undecided
Source: Bizjournals
Prop. 8 backers shift campaign against gay marriage to high gear - Los Angeles Daily News
Teachers union donates $1 million to oppose Proposition 8 - Los Angeles Times
California poll on Prop. 8 could show 'Bradley effect' - Sacramento Bee

TV Ads and Articles about the Campaign to Protect Marriage

October 13, 2008
YouTube - Ad: Whether You Like It Or Not!
YouTube - Ad: It's Already Happened
Yes On 8 - Protect Marriage -
Prop 8 Supporter Violently Attacked For Distributing Lawn Signs
First Graders Taken To San Francisco City Hall For Gay Wedding
Gay couples rush to wed ahead of Calif. election - Yahoo

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California Bishops Lead Their Flocks Off a Cliff

Sept. 15, 2008 - A statement by senior California bishops of the Episcopal Church endorsed same-sex marriage and called on voters to defeat Proposition 8 -- the constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
As Episcopal Bishops of California, we are moved to urge voters to vote “No” on Proposition 8. Jesus calls us to love rather than hate, to give rather than to receive, to live into hope rather than fear.
Source: Crosswalk

California bans 'brides,' 'grooms'

The new California marriage licenses identify the partners as Roseville, Calif. as "Party A and Party B" A couple from Roseville, Calif wrote the words "Bride" and "Groom" next to " couple had written the words "bride" and "groom" next to "Party A" and "Party B" because they wanted to be legally recognized as husband and wife. The county registrar rejected the license.
It was an "unacceptable alteration," the County Recorder's Office claimed the State Office of Vital Records determined.
Source: WorldNetDaily

'Prejudicial' language to stay on Calif. ballot

Aug. 12, 2008 - California courts have decided to permit a revised summary of the California Marriage Amendment, Proposition 8. Proponents of the bill say the summary, written by California Attorney General Jerry Brown will prejudice voters to vote against it.
Brown changed the title to read, "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry" and the first sentence of the summary to read, "Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.
The revised summary also claims that the amendment would result in "potential revenue loss, mainly sales taxes, totaling in the several tens of millions of dollars."
Source:Baptist Press
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Christian Leaders Get Involved!
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Christian Marriage Movement's Ground Zero

Aug. 12, 2008 - San Diego has become "ground zero" for passage of the Marriage Amendment in November's election. Christian leaders there organized the initiative, and are now providing leadership to mobilize thousands of pastors in a campaign to get out 7 million votes for the amendment. One thousand pastors have already participated in strategic conference calls.
But not all pastors are jumping on board. Some large churches, like Saddleback in Orange County, have made no public statements on the amendment.
Pastor Jim Garlow, of Skyline Weslyan Church, Pastor Chris Clark of East Clairemont Baptist and Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church, are leading the movement Some pastors say they don't want to get "political."
"My response to that is--we're not political," Clark said. "The institution of marriage predates any form of government that was established on earth. So, we're not being political. We're being biblical."
Source: CBN

Obama Opposes California Marriage Amendment While McCain Supports It

July 30, 2008 - Democrat Presidential candidate Barak Obama has taken a stand on the California Marriage Amendment.
"I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states."

John McCain, the Republican candidate said,
"I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions."

Lawsuit to seek halt in 'gay' lobbying inside voting booth

July 30, 2008 - California Attorney General Jerry Brown is planning to change the official state language describing Proposition 8, which would limit marriage in California to one man and one woman.
He now wants voters to read when they're voting on the issue that it would "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry." ...Brown also inserted language alleging the state would lose millions of dollars if homosexual "marriage" is banned.
Jennifer Kerns of the Protect Marriage campaign complains that the language is "inherently argumentative. Officials of the group plan to seek a court order against such predudicial language.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Californians cleared to vote on same-sex marriage ban

July 17, 2008 - A unanimous decision has been made by the California Supreme Court to allow the marriage amendment to stay on the November ballot. If adopted by the voters the amendment will ban same-sex marriages.
Source: CNN
Voters given chance to ban same-sex 'marriage' - WorldNetDaily

Gay marriage backers want ban issue off ballot

June 21, 2008 - Opponents of the proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage requested the California Supreme Court on Friday to remove the initiative from the November ballot. They claim that the amendment would destroy fundamental rights.
"Equality California and its allies are desperate to evade democracy," said attorney Glen Lavy of the Alliance Defense Fund, which represented the Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

California's top court says gay marriage ruling stays

June 4, 2008 - The California Supreme Court refused to allow a temporary hold on allowing same-sex marriages until voters have a right to vote on a constitutional marriage amendment in November. The earlier decision to allow homosexual marriage is set to "become final on June 16 at 5:00 pm."
Source: AFP
Calif. Court Refuses to Stay Gay Marriage Ruling - NewsMax

Gay Marriage Ban Qualifies for California Ballot

June 3, 2008 - Debra Bowen,California's Secretary of State, announced that an initiative that would ammend the state constitution to define marriage as a union "between a man and a woman" has qualified for the November ballot.
It would overturn the recent California Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state if it is approved by a majority of voters on Nov. 4.
Meanwhile, marriage licenses have already been changed to facilitate same-sex marriages, and these marriages are set to begin on June 17.
Source: NewsMax

Whoa! Marriage laws aren't changed – yet

May 24, 2008 - Even though the California Supreme Court declared existing marriage laws unconstitutional, there must be approved changes to the actual laws, form and procedures before any same-sex "marriage" can be considered legal. Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for Children and Families points out that registrants can't just cross out "bride" and "groom" on the marriage license. State law states:
"Every person who knowingly procures or offers any false or forged instrument to be filed, registered, or recorded in any public office within this state … is guilty of a felony."
Source: WorldNetDaily

California Homosexual “Marriage” Alert: What to Do Right Now

May 19, 2008 - What can you do to fight the California Supreme Court ruling that will allow gay and lesbian marriages? Follow the three steps suggested by Campaign For Children And Families

Sign The Voters' Right To Protect Marriage Initiative

Californians have 150 days from Jan. 1, 2008 to sign a petition to ammend the California State Constitution so that activist judges could not misinterpret the definition of marriage.
Churches are allowed to provide petitions to sign without jeopardizing their non-profit status.

Gay Marriage Debate Shifts Back to California

Mar. 4, 2008 - Traditional values about marriage, and a California state initiative banning homosexual marriages eight years ago are being questioned today by the California Supreme Court.
Same-sex marriage supporters argue that California's Constitution leaves no room for denying gays and lesbians the right to wed.
California's Top Court Ponders Gay Marriage - NewsMax

California Marriage Amendment Links

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The Voters' Right To Protect Marriage Initiative
Articles on Same-Sex Marriage from Christianity Today
California Homosexual “Marriage” Alert:
What to Do Right Now

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