Los Angeles political blogger Mayor Sam gives his Republican take on Proposition 8:
I am a white, heterosexual, Christian, conservative Christian male who is voting no on Proposition 8.
I am well aware that many individuals have a personal, religious or other issue with homosexuality. That is at the core of this evil (yes evil) ballot initiative which violates the core principles of the Republican Party of limited government, individual liberty and personal accountability.
In addition to being a sacred and emotional tradition, marriage is also a business proposition. In our common law, we’ve acknowledged the right of parties to enter into agreements with one another and that such agreements can be legally recognized.
At the same time, we have a right to our opinion in this country and a right to not be forced to participate in that which we believe in.
Proposition 8 is contrary to conservative values and does nothing to prop up the values of those who do not agree with homosexuality nor would it do anything to save the state of heterosexual marriage which is in big trouble in some quarters. Permitting same-sex couples to marry has absolutely no affect on anyone’s heterosexual marriage.
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