I voted to approve because, you know, duh.
There was no question which way I was going to vote on this issue, so I'm not even sure why I bothered to read the voters' pamphlet. But I did, and this is (part of) what I read:
"REJECT SENATE BILL 5688 TO PROTECT CHILDREN!Um. Okay. I see your nonsensical argument and raise you three sarcastic responses.
SB 5688 redefines terms such as "husband" and "wife" to be construed as "gender neutral." The new law will confuse children and likely result in public schools influencing children to accept a new definition of the "family unit" so that same-sex partners will be a recognized norm."
- Redefining terms to be construed as gender neutral? Does this mean they're going to USE A DIFFERENT PRONOUN?! In the writing of a law that NONE OF US WILL EVER EVEN READ?!
- Confuse children? Yes, I suspect that it will. Laws are confusing and difficult to read in their entirety without falling asleep. Maybe you should read your children something more age appropriate instead. I hear the Harry Potter series is very popular with the young folk.
- Accepting a new definition of "family unit?" That IS a tough one. I remember when my son came home wondering why his preschool friend had two dads, and I had to, you know, talk to him about it. I had to tell him that families can be built in many different ways. I had to tell him that only some families have a mom and a dad, while others have two dads or two moms, or just a mom or just a dad, or step-moms or step-dads, or grandparents instead of moms or dads. And then we hid huddled in a corner and cried into our clenched fists because the mere idea was that disturbing.
Please vote to approve Referendum 71 because, you know, duh.