Swimming Upstream: “What’s Missing In California Prop 8 Battle?”

In case you missed it, on November 4, 2008, Californians voted and passed Ballot Proposition 8 which changed the California Constitution so that valid marriages are defined as only between a man and woman. Thereby overriding a March, 2008, California Supreme Court ruling which allowed same-sex marriages.

As background, the 2008 Supreme Court ruling did away with Proposition 22 which was passed in 2000 by a 63% to 37% margin. This proposition also stated that valid marriages were between men and women, and not same-sexes. But it did not go as far as Prop 8 and change the wording of the state constitution.

Okay, with me so far.

California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger opposed Proposition 8, even after it passed by a 52% -48% margin. He’s sworn to uphold the California constitution, but ho-hum on that, right?

California Attorney General Jerry Brown opposed Prop 8 from the beginning and did his best to write the ballot measure in such a way as to insure confusion. Thus, many may have voted in error against the proposition who may have actually been for it.

Guess what? Who do you think is in charge of defending Prop 8 against the many court challenges offered by the homosexual lobby against Proposition 8? You guessed it! Attorney General Jerry Brown.

This is political comedy at its best! California’s governor, attorney general and Supreme Court are all sworn to uphold the state’s constitution and to follow the mandates of the electorate, but each is trying to do the opposite.

What’s missing in the California Proposition 8 battle? God.

Now, understand that I am not talking about the nice little God worshipped by most evangelical churches, Catholic churches, LDS churches, emergent churches and progressive churches. This God is pretty much harmless and weak, and not expected to intervene into man’s affairs.

I’m talking about the Lord God of Elijah. The Judge. The Lord God of Hosts. The Maker of Heaven and Earth. He’s ready to arrive on the scene. He won’t convene a meeting to have a dialogue with conservative Christians and progressive Christians over gay issues, especially gay marriages. No, not at all. Instead, He will come in power and settle the problem. Period.

So, keep your eyes on California, especially San Francisco, over the next few months.

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian jouneys.

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3 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “What’s Missing In California Prop 8 Battle?”

  1. Anyone who is paying attention has got to wonder when the Queer Community will gain the DIGNITY to finally say, “You know what, America? You want to EXCLUSE us? Fine. We’re taking our hard-earned TAX DOLLARS with us”.

    “I refuse to be treated like dog poop legally in the U.S.A. in 2009. Period”

    Given that the federal government EXCLUDES our families from U.S. law., why do we continue acting as if things are OK? A heterosexual in the EXACT SAME LEGAL SHOES would have gone to a far more extreme reaction than a mere tax revolt; most “He-Men” Americans would grab their gun if American Law worked tirelessly to demoralize, degrade, and oppress their family.

    We made a GRAVE mistake when we ALLOWED society to be able to vote on our family’s legal worth, along with votes on school levies, bridge construction, and toll roads. That further trivialized our families and children in the eyes of the law.

    We should have rioted in the streets the second things like PROP 8 first appeared.

    F. being “nice”.
    F. being “timid”.

    Are you FED UP with “having to be liked enough” for equality?

    Do you believe equality is OURS TO TAKE and refuse to beg for it?

    Amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression!

    EQUALITY TAX REVOLT – Wednesday, April 15, 2009

  2. Larry Who

    johnbisceglia,

    Thanks for your input.

    If I could wave my hand over all of your hurts and pains, and by so doing, remove all of these from your life, I would. Nothing bothers me more than seeing hurting people.

    And believe it or not, I have a bigger vision for you and your community than you do. A lot bigger. You are hoping for a little more respect and what you refer to as “equality”. I am praying and believing that God will do such a powerful work in your community that believers and non-believers will look and see only mighty men of God in your community. Mighty men that will perform miracles, signs and wonders at the snap of a finger.

    So, you can talk about your Equality Tax Revolt which will cause very little of substance to happen. And I will continue praying for an awesome move of God in your community.

  3. Wow – are you mistaken. LOL.

    “You are hoping for a little more respect and what you refer to as “equality”.”

    Uh…..no…..(warning – naughty word) f*ck “respect” –

    I just want my due civil rights.

    And tax revolt isn’t just about any possible “effect” (substance)- it is also about refusing to give our hard-earned money to a government and society that hates our families. It’s also about allowing the heterosexuals to fund their government.

    Pray away – it’s all good – but keep on paying our taxes.

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