The Salt Lake Tribute recently ran an article that pretty much stated that the Wilshire Ward along with other wards in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego didn’t support Proposition 8 because we didn’t give buckets of money for the cause! However that doesn’t mean we didn’t put in our time and effort to support the cause. I was furious when I read it so I fired off an email demanding an apology for her statement. In my statement I unequivocally proclaimed my support for Proposition 8. Here are some of the responses I received from people who had a problem with me supporting traditional marriage:
manaen: I suspect Dena and other blacks are supporting Prop 8 largely because it takes some heat off themselves in the purview of a bigoted church. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
Dena, were you a member of your church when black people were reviled? I was (one of the reasons I left). Regardless, I cannot fathom how you would support bigotry of any kind, unless you’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to be on the receiving end; which I find very hard to believe. Shame on you.
And, don’t hold your breath waiting for a retraction-it isn’t going to happen.
Dena Leichnitz, you’re an embarrassment to your race.
I have also had my Prop 8 yard sign thrown into the street, which has been a common happening in this proposition race. As I was taking my son to church today there were at least twenty to thirty people holding signs that said “Yes on Prop. 8″ A lot of them were children. As they walked they chanted “Yes on Prop 8″ when this one vile woman stuck her head out of her car and started screaming at the protesters. I couldn’t understand what she was saying but it was loud and ugly!
While the opposition keeps claiming we are bigots, it is they who are in fact the bigots. They are the ones trying to redefine marriage for everyone. they are the ones trying to silence any opposition. They are the ones who want to hit people and churches with hate crimes when they are not described in the most glowing of terms. They are the ones trying to remove all references to heterosexuality from the school curriculum. Sheila Kuehl, a lesbian and a California assemblywoman, authored a bill that would’ve eliminated the terms mother and father from all textbooks as to not upset those without mothers or fathers. Thankfully, it didn’t pass. The opposition has consistently displayed violence, intimidation, bullying and other strong arm tactics to get their way.
When Blacks sought to marry outside their race, they weren’t seeking to redefine marriage, but have the same marriage with the same responsibilities as everyone else. Marriage is a gender based institution, not a color based one. It is gay marriage that is discriminatory when you think about it. Traditional marriage says men and women are equal and necessary in the institution of marriage. That marriage cannot exist without the presence of both sexes. Gay marriage says women are unnecessary in marriage (since there are more gay men then there are lesbians) and children can be purchased-like you buy shoes or milk. It tries to deny that biology has any significant role in our upbringing!
Gay activists are not looking to have the kind of marriage as understood by those in the heterosexual community, life-long, monogamous, family-oriented, marriage. In fact, Michelangelo Signorile-an outspoken gay activist had this to say about why gays want marriage: “[The goal is] to fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely, to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution. . . .The most subversive action lesbian and gay men can undertake . . . is to transform the notion of ‘family’ entirely.”18 There will be no peace. Efforts to “reform” marriage and family will continue. Having been granted “membership” in the institution of marriage, activists will not hesitate to advocate persistently for change in that institution.” http://www.mars-hill-forum.com/ssmic/page22.html
As you can see it is not about adhering to what marriage is but about tearing it down altogether. It is not about benefits or equal rights but about “radically alter[ing] an archaic institution.” As long as people are led by their emotions instead of common sense, we will continue to suffer the overwhelming consequences for it.