See the original of this post on the website of “Adventists for Proposition 8” at this link.
Love and thanks to our Adventist brothers and sisters …
12 Civil & Religious Reasons to Vote YES on 8!
1. Scholars recognize that marriage is the fundamental and universal human institution. To call homosexual relationships “marriage” will be to sweep aside what civilization has understood as a marriage since the dawn of history and call the history and heritage of American family a mistake.
2. Without exception, our founding fathers such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson believed certain truths are “self evident.” Among those self evident truths was the belief that marriage was defined and designed by nature for one man with one woman.
3. Yes on Proposition 8 protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage.
4. Same sex couples already enjoy legal rights of domestic partnership, etc. We do not need to surrender the definition of “marriage” to vindicate these relationships. Proposition 8 does not deprive domestic partnerships of any of their rights.
5. The same arguments put forward to justify same sex marriages can logically be used to legalize polygamy and lower the age of consent.
6. Unless we vote Yes on Proposition 8 our religious liberties are at risk. To better understand the threats to religious liberty see the following articles by Alan J. Reinach, Esq.:- The Implications of Same Sex Marriage– Why Promote Marriage?– Same Sex Marriage Challenges Religious Liberty
7. The most devastating effect of same sex marriage will be the destruction of marriage and family the way we know it. Redefining marriage will cause profound confusion to our children. California marriage licenses have recently deleted the words “husband and wife” or Bride and Groom” and replaced it with “Party A & Party B.” Where will it stop!?
8. The California Supreme Court’s decision changing the definition of marriage is profoundly undemocratic. 61% of Californians voted to retain the definition of marriage as recently as 2000.
We should Vote Yes on Proposition 8 because we love God and our fellow man. If we love Jesus we will not vote in support of sin. Sin is what nailed Jesus to the cross. If we love our fellow man we will not cast a vote that will directly widen the road to destruction.
9. Seventh-day Adventists have always believed there is a distinction between the first four and last six of the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments are religious in nature and governments should not make laws that dictate what god to worship, or when and how to worship him. Conversely, the last six commandments are civil in nature. Adventists have always supported laws that protect parental rights, life, truth, property, and family as found on the second table of the Decalogue.
10. Marriage is one of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Click here to read belief number 23 on Marriage and the Family. Also read the official Seventh-day Adventist Church’s statement on same sex unions here: Seventh-day Adventist Response to Same-Sex Unions–A Reaffirmation of Christian Marriage
11. Adventists have a prophetic calling to champion the law of God. If we fail to uphold marriage we compromise our moral authority to defend the Sabbath.
12. Ellen G. White supported voting in support of moral issues.”How can Christian men and women tolerate this evil?… There is a cause for the moral paralysis upon society. Our laws sustain an evil which is sapping their very foundations. Many deplore the wrongs which they know exist, but consider themselves free from all responsibility in the matter. This cannot be. Every individual exerts an influence in society. In our favored land, every voter has some voice in determining what laws shall control the nation. Should not that influence and that vote be cast on the side of temperance and virtue?” – Gospel Workers, page 387