Prevent gay marriage here |

Prevent gay marriage here

Proposition 2 passed by 70 percent two years ago. In order for it to become law in Nevada, it must pass by the voters a second time.

This ballot question expresses our love of country, love of our community, our culture and civilization – the foundations of which are families. God loved us enough to ordain marriage between a man and a woman and establish through procreation the family with the love of a mother and a father.

Nationally, the US Congress overwhelmingly supported the concept of marriage between a man and a woman and opposed same sex marriage with the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act. Following the lead of Congress, 33 states have passed laws ensuring that marriage is between a man and a woman. Most recently, Californians voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage between a man and a woman with Proposition 22 winning with 61% of the vote.

Currently, Nevada law states that marriage is between a male and a female person. But, under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution, Nevada is required to recognize “the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of other states.” As a result, Nevada could be required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, unless the recognition of such marriages is deemed to be contrary to the “public policy” of the State of Nevada.

That’s what the ballot question #2 for the protection of marriage is all about. It is to insure that we keep marriage only between a man and a woman and that we will not be forced by any other states or by challenges in our own state to accept same-sex marriages. Concern has been heightened by Vermont’s recent passage of so-called “civil union’ legislation which is for all intents and purposes same-sex marriage.

Whatever same-sex relationships may be, they are not properly designated as marriages, they cannot procreate. The union of a man and woman constitutes a marriage, and marriage is a cornerstone of society, the foundation upon which the family is established.

The ballot question for the protection of marriage is not a discrimination issue. It is not a civil rights issue or a statement against different lifestyles, or the individuals involved. Rather, it is a defense of present law, of the natural order of things, of the family, and of the faith which, through history, has inspired the country’s institutions.

Love of a husband for a wife, love of a wife for a husband, love of parents for their children, love of generations yet unborn, love of country and love of God – these are the motivations for the Proposition #2 with 18 simple words “Only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.” Vote yes on Proposition 2 and let these words be added to our constitution and solidify our “public policy”.

Glen Larsen


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