Supporters describe this proposition as the "gay marriage ban." They're lying.
That's like saying that a ham and cheese sandwich is only about cheese. When you hear the truth, you'll be upset. I don't know about you, but I'm completely fed up with all these half-truths and quarter-truths. What's wrong with the whole truth now and then?
Here's the unvarnished truth for you to chew on regarding Proposition 107.
What the supporters of the "Protect Marriage Arizona" amendment haven't told you is that "basic legal rights and benefits" would be denied to all committed couples -- gay and straight.
According to the last census, Arizona had 118,196 unmarried households -- about 11 percent of all couples. Only about 12,000 of them are gay. And, present state law already prohibits gay marriage.
The other 106,196 households are straight, having decided to share their lives without getting married. Many of these couples are retired, on Social Security, and have found that a domestic partnership is their only means of financial survival.
Here's what supporters of Proposition 107 haven't told you will happen if this unnecessary constitutional amendment becomes law:
- All people in domestic partnerships will lose their right to make medical decisions for the one they love.
- Many of these couples will lose their health care benefits.
- And, the domestic violence laws will no longer apply to the unmarried survivors.
As an example, Utah recently passed a similar law, and this amendment invalidated a protective order taken out against a man by his ex-girlfriend.
This proposition forces a fanatic's personal interpretation of religion on all of us, and severely penalizes those who see things differently.
I cannot urge you strongly enough to read the fine print on all these propositions. When you do, I'm sure you'll agree that a "no" vote on Proposition 107 is in the best interests of all Arizonans.
And don't stop there. Tell your friends and neighbors about the danger that Proposition 107 poses to us all.
It truly is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Larry Brophy, Payson