Last week the California Supreme Court decision backed gay marriage.
In San Diego, this has brought the National Organization for Marriage-California (NOM-CA) to the forefront in their fight against it.
They report they have 1.1 million petition signatures to force a November initiative vote to amend the constitution so homosexual marriage will be prohibited in California . County officials are still confirming the validity of the signatures.
What are the chances of this?
The group says they have raised over a million dollars to fight the gay marriage effort, and their goal is to raise ten million dollars. Groups that support gay marriage say they have seen a boost in their donations since the Supreme Court decision.
It is also reported that some life/health insurance companies are looking into higher premiums for homosexuals. They say they already ask applicants about other forms of behavior which have an impact on life expectancy such as : are you a pilot? Do you abuse alcohol/drugs ?
Anti-gay marriage groups believe that the sexual behavior in the homosexual subculture makes them particularly prone to develop sexually transmitted diseases attributed to the high degree of promiscuity displayed, and their participation in sex with a disproportionately high number of strangers.
One study in San Francisco showed that 43 percent of male homosexuals had more than 500 sexual partners. This is the reason given for the short duration of the majority of homosexual exclusive relationships. Life expectancy of homosexual men was only forty-eight years before the AIDS virus came on the scene, and it is now down to thirty-eight years.
That it will harm the concept of the traditional American family even though the current state of marriage in this country is in disarray. This would further deteriorate it and make heterosexual marriages even more disposable. Homosexuals close the sexual act to the gift of life. Married couples who have produced a child have a greater sense of purpose in their desire to make a home, raise a child, and contribute to society. "Family" is of utmost importance because it is the place where humans learn to care for others, even to sacrifice for others. It provides the basis for human virtue and nobility. A family needs the influence of each sex since neither, alone, is biologically complete. Neither fathers nor mothers are expendable and the most loving father can't teach a little girl how to become a woman. Although there are single parents with children, a majority have the benefit of the influence of both parents, even if on a part time basis. Same sex parenting makes it impossible for a child to live with both biological parents, thus increasing their chance for abuse.
Stanley Kurtz of the Hudson Institute quotes radical homosexuals who state their goal is not personally to be married, nor to achieve domestic equality with heterosexuals, but rather to "Empty the institution of marriage of its meaning."
They note that the lesbian couple whose lawsuit began the Massachusetts journey to legalizing gay marriage are permanently separated. Julie and Hilary Goodrige were married in May, 2004 and separated in July, 2006.
Both sides acknowledge there will be a hard fought political battle ahead and it becomes incumbent on all of us to make our views known.