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California Knight Initiative (Restrictions on Marriage)

The California "Definition of Marriage" or "Knight" Initiative is in fact an inflammatory religious discrimination issue based on the "Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which was prepared by Lou Sheldon and supported by the religious right. At the height of the relligious right attacks on Clinton, the President offered to sign DOMA into law if passed by Congress. The President made good his promise and signed DOMA into law.

California Senator Pete Knight attempted unsuccessfully to pass his initiative through the Callifornia legislature and it failed, five times. Although appearing to protect marriage by redefining marriage as between a man and a woman only, it's real purpose is to advantage religious persecution of gays and lesbians in our laws. Organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United strongly oppose these dangerous religious attacks on civil rights. If the Constitution can be abridged to uphold prejudices of the religious right, it could be equally abridged to uphold prejudices against any minority in society. That is why it is important that Californians soundly trounce the Knight initiative in the upcoming election. The Knight initiative is unnecessary. No threat exists to married heterosexuals by married homosexuals or vice-versa. Ministers of the cloth do not have to conduct marriages they are opposed to by law, with or without the Knight initiative.

The religious right controls the majority vote in the U.S. Senate and Congress by partisanship. Measures on Charitable Choice and School Vouchers which provide for taxpayer funding of religious private schools and programs, have been passed with others pending vote by the Republican led Congress and U.S. Senate regardless that the First Amendment to the Constitution states that "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion." We do not need government micro-managing the private lives of adults or granting special recognition to a religion to impose on individual religious convictions and beliefs. Unless all people are equal under the law, none are free.

Reported by:
Mr. Kepa Cho
Oakland, Ca. 94611-5529
Respond to: kepaCHO@juno.com


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