Unfortunate Event

Here in California we are all heated over Proposition 8. A "yes" vote would rule that marriage is defined as one man and one woman and protects our children from being taught about gay marriage in public schools.

This vote already passed in 2000 but 4 judges in San Francisco wrongly overturned the people's vote.

As you can probably surmise, a "no" vote would bring grey into the definition. Marriage could be between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. In addition, teachers would by law have to instruct children about marriage, including gay marriage, to children as young as kindergarten.

On our lawn sits a "Yes on 8" sign with the website www.protectmarriage.com. People have had to bring their "Yes on 8" signs indoors because of the rampant vandalism taking place - destroying and stealing the signs, spray painting "NO" over the signs, etc. We have left ours out all night and nothing has been done.

The other day I walking into our front door from my car when a couple of girls, college age, were riding their bikes past our house. One of they shouted to me, "No on 8" as she peddled past my driveway.

I wish that I had a snappy, spiritual comeback like, "I believe the Bible, and the Bible says 'no on 8'" but instead I said, "Sorry, I'm not gay."

I was very calm and continued walking. She shouted back to me, "I'm not gay either!" I assumed that the conversation was over and entered my house.

That night we went to church. We arrived home and found a Jack-O-Lantern on the bench located on our porch. Carved into the pumpkin was the word, "Drink," probably a left over decoration from a party. In black permanent maker were the words, "NO ON 8" and "I'm not gay either B****"

Wow, such anger and bitterness. It was hurtful and rude. My 7 and 5 year old were afraid that the girl was going to do something to our house. We had to constantly reassure them that she wasn't going to do any danger to any of us, and if she happened to come near here, that we would call the police.

The angst, the animosity, the controversy, over a definition that had been around for hundreds of years - marriage is between a man and a woman.

We continue to pray about Tuesday, and the outcome of this proposition. Only God knows.


Brad Huebert said…
We've already lost this legal battle in Canada. We clergy are afraid of the day when it may be illegal to refuse marrying a gay couple.

May God give you grace!

*BTW... have you read my book yet? (Yes, I'm harassing you!)
Erin said…
I can appreciate everyone having differing opinions...but what gets me is when people get to angry and ugly about it, especially when it effects your family. That's just wrong!
spreeport said…
Just wait until that gal has kids. Teens are so annoying with their know it all mentality. I'm glad I was never a teen. (haha) When our house was egged for the same reason we told our kids there are just somethings worth standing up for. That is what we told the teenage trick or treaters who made mostly postive comments on our sign.