The California Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage overturned Proposition 22, which defined marriage in California as between a man and a woman. Earlier this year, four activist judges based in San Francisco wrongly overturned the people's vote, legalizing same-sex marriage.
Their decision did not just overturn the will of California voters; it also redefined marriage for the rest of society, without ever asking the people to accept this decision. The ruling has far-reaching consequences. For example, since public schools already are required to teach the role of marriage in society as part of the curriculum, schools will now be required to teach students that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage, starting with kindergarteners.
The solution to this action is to inform church members about Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment which would define marriage as between a man and a woman. California law already grants domestic partners all the rights a state can grant to a married couple.
During its September 2008 meeting the CSBC Executive Board adopted a resolution endorsing Proposition 8. The resolution calls on California Southern Baptists to pray about the issue and conduct voter registration drives through Oct. 20, the cutoff date for voter registration. The resolution urges pastors to inform their congregations of issues related to the Proposition and encourages them to participate in the grassroots effort. Additionally, California Southern Baptists are encouraged to financially support Proposition 8 and church leaders are urged to avail themselves of Internet resources provided from a variety of sources. To read the full text of the resolution click here.
California Southern Baptist Convention is providing resources to help churches in relating information to their members about Prop 8.
Check out the resources listed here. This list will be updated as new resource become available.