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Posted: November 14, 2008 9:00 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Proposition 8 sought to undo a recent court order that overturned the will of the people on the issue of gay marriage.

In 2000, voters decided by a 61 percent margin to define marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. Since that law was enacted, homosexual couples have won the same rights that married couples have, without the term "marriage."

Let me start by saying that I support civil unions and the rights of homosexual couples to create unions that benefit them financially. But I also support defining marriage by traditional means. And that is why I voted for Prop. 8.

I was actually surprised to learn that Prop. 8 won, and not by a slim margin. But it was soon revealed that many people who voted for Barack Obama, including black voters, voted in favor of Prop. 8.

The people of the state of California have spoken and by a decent margin have decided that marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman. That should be the end of it.

But unfortunately it isn't. The mainstream media and homosexual activists are well on their way to forcing the California Supreme Court to weigh in on the matter yet again.

The same court that ruled 3-2 to overturn Prop. 22 - which first added the one man/one woman language to the California Family Code - will most certainly find a way to do it again.

News report after news report has shown only the homosexual lobby's side of this battle. Meanwhile, reports are coming in from all over the state that any attempt by Prop. 8 supporters to protest in the same vicinity of an anti-Prop. 8 rally is met with threats and actual incidents of violence.

Even when the media covers the violence that the homosexual lobby perpetrates, it always couches the news with the disclaimer, "There is hate on both sides."

The major difference is that our "hate" is not shouting down and bullying the opposition.

The big picture here is that an exceedingly demanding and violent minority in this country believes that hate is anything that disagrees with their group's world view.

Members of this minority also believe that whatever they think is good for them must be forced on the rest of the population, regardless of the results of the democratic process.

We've seen this in the call to impeach President George W. Bush and we're seeing it again in the battle against the voters' decision on Prop. 8.

In most ways, the Left is having a great year. They have one of their own in the White House, have strengthened majorities in the House and Senate, have defeated Proposition 4, which would have required parental notification for minors seeking abortion and have passed Prop. 2, which requires chicken ranchers to build condos for their egg-laying workers.

The fact that they feel inclined to make such a messy stink of the singular defeat of Proposition 8 just reminds me of why I routinely vote against liberals; it's never enough.

But more importantly, I am reminded why it is so important to register to vote and get out to the polls on Election Day.

Kevin D. Korenthal is a Canyon Country resident and father of three. He is also an elected member of the 38th Assembly District Republican Central Committee. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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