The simple answer is this: we're concerned that if Proposition 8 fails, it would have an affect on our ability to worship the way we choose. As explained in the link I posted yesterday, family is the central focus of our church, and we believe that it's important for families to have a father and a mother. You don't have to agree with our opinion on this, but please keep in mind that it is what we believe, and so I'm posting from that point of view.
This is where I get tripped up because I tried to do a little bit more research and failed. The sites I went to that are for Prop 8 seem to be targeted mostly at people who already agree with them so didn't have many examples (one or two was enough), and the sites I went to with other points of view didn't bring it up. The one example we got was that California schools are required to teach schools about marriage from kindergarten, and if same-sex marriage is legalized, kids in schools would be taught that same-sex marriage is the same as different-sex marriage. I can see where a lot of people wouldn't see this as a problem, but I hope you'll understand that as part of our faith, we want to teach our children differently. I totally think that it's the role of the parents to teach their kids about things like that, and if the parents want their kids to have certain beliefs about marriage, one way or another, they can teach their kids regardless of what the schools say. But I'm thinking more about the LDS and other teachers, who don't believe that the two kinds of marriage are equal. They would be forced to teach something they don't believe, or they could lose their jobs.
Another possibility that was brought up was that in some European countries where same-sex marriage is legal, they have legislation that states that churches aren't allowed to preach that marriage is only between a man and a woman, because it can be considered hate speech. Again, you don't have to agree with our church's beliefs, but please understand that marriage between a man and a woman is one of the most important things in our religion.
The last thing brought up was that our temples could be shut down for refusing to perform marriages between same-sex couples. Our temples are of ultimate importance to us, and losing them is unacceptable. But we can't go against our principles about marriage, either. And I know, I know, polygamy. But polygamy wasn't a requirement. Or at least I think so, because our church history professor told us that only people who were called to be polygamists were (or that's how it was supposed to be). And since it wasn't a requirement, we decided we could give it up so that we could keep the government from shutting down our temples. But it is definitely a requirement that the husband and wife be male and female, and I'm pretty sure there's no negotiation on that one.
So that's why our church is encouraging us to get involved. I'm not asking you to agree with us (though of course we wouldn't mind *grin*); we just wanted people to understand where we're coming from.
Today I'm thankful for friendly phone calls, making good progress on Kieli, the La Corda d'Oro Primo Passo vocal collection, being remembered, and it being time to go play HaruToki now.