(916) 448-4234 RON PRENTICE, CHAIRMAN OF PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM, SAYS CALIFORNIA VOTERS WILL DECIDE TO REAFFIRM TRADITIONAL DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA.
Ron Prentice, Chairman of ProtectMarriage.com and the official proponent of the ballot measure set to appear on the California ballot this November, issued the following statement today in light of California counties beginning to implement the recent California State Supreme Court decision directing them to issue marriage certificates to same sex couples: “In 2000, Californians voted overwhelmingly that marriage should be defined as only between a man and a woman. Over 60% of Californians affirmed what has been the case for all of human history, that the institution of marriage is special and reserved for a man and a woman. “Unfortunately, the California Supreme Court mistakenly decided that Proposition 22 was invalid because it was not a constitutional amendment. In anticipation of this flawed decision, however, we had already qualified a constitutional amendment which would reaffirm the will of Californians by placing the definition of marriage in the state constitution. “Our measure is very simple. It simply places the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman in the constitution, as the courts have effectively instructed us we must do.” “California’s domestic partner law already affords same-sex couples every legal right that the state can grant, and our measure does not change that one bit. It simply defines marriage as tradition has always understood it to be. “Our battle is not against the same-sex couples who are pursuing the opportunity to “marry” granted them by the activist judges on the California Supreme Court. Our battle is against the flawed reasoning of the court’s decision and is being waged to reaffirm the traditional definition of marriage. Marriage is at the core of family security and is an essential element in our society. The Supreme Court has effectively rendered marriage meaningless at a time when we should be taking steps to strengthen families. Gays have the right to live as they choose, but they do not have the right to redefine marriage to suit their circumstances. Fortunately, the Protection of Marriage Amendment will give voters the final say in this debate. We are confident that voters will reaffirm the traditional definition of marriage, just as they overwhelmingly did in 2000, and overturn the court’s flawed opinion.”