Thursday, October 23, 2008

from the California Teachers Association:

No on Prop. 8

Members Make the Recommendations

CTA recommendations on ballot initiatives are made and approved by CTA’s State Council of Education. State Council, made up of more than 800 democratically elected member delegates, is the largest and highest governing body of CTA. Council meets four times a year and at its June meeting voted to make recommendations on five initiatives in order to protect students, public schools and human rights. No on Proposition 8 was one of the recommendations. But as with any election or initiative, CTA only makes recommendations. The final choice is always up to you.

Prop. 8 is about Everyone’s Rights

CTA believes that all people should be allowed equal protections under the law. California’s constitution should guarantee the same freedoms and rights to everyone – no one group should be singled out and have their rights taken away. Proposition 8 mandates one set of rules for gay and lesbian couples and another set of rules for everyone else. That’s not fair. California laws should treat everyone equally.

On the Education Accusation

Proposition 8 will not affect teaching in our schools. That’s a lie crafted to scare people into voting for Proposition 8 and stripping Californians of rights they already have. Not one word in Prop. 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it, and the Yes on 8 campaign knows they are purposely trying to deceive the public. A California Superior Court Judge has already ruled that this claim by Prop. 8 proponents is “false and misleading.”