My wife Gena and I recently filmed a public service announcement, lending our support to vote “Yes on Proposition 8” in California. While many of those opposing the measure are resorting to labeling citizens as hatemongers, we are respectively joining millions of others in simply restoring what “We the People” of California and the legislature voted into law in the year 2000.
Here’s the script and our rationale:
Chuck: Hi, I’m Chuck Norris and this is my wife, Gena, and we’re sharing with you from our Texas ranch about California’s Proposition 8, the marriage amendment that maintains the union between a man and woman. As part-time residents of the Golden State also, we are concerned about the precedent set by Proposition 8 and its effect on the rest of the nation.
Gena: For some citizens of California, the need for Proposition 8 might seem a bit confusing. In 2000 a strong majority voted to uphold the definition of a traditional marriage with a statewide referendum. But Proposition 22, as it was called, only amended state civil code. However in May of 2008, four California State Supreme Court judges (against the will of the California citizens) voted that laws “limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violate the state constitutional rights of same-sex couples.” That is why Prop 8 is needed – it would amend the constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Just as you voted in 2000.
Chuck: We encourage Californians to vote YES for Prop 8 for three simple reasons. First, we don’t believe four judges should have the right to overturn laws already passed by voters and the state legislature. Their job is to apply the laws to specific situations, not to create new ones or legislate from the bench. The majority of Californians have already spoken, and it is simply not right for a very small minority to override their decision.
Gena: The second reason that we encourage Californians to vote YES for Prop 8 is because redefining the bounds of marriage will have an immediate impact upon all of our children – especially those within public schools. California Education Code Section 51933 states that “Instruction and materials shall teach respect for marriage and committed relationships.” Proposition 8 is not just about preserving traditional marriage, but protecting educational curriculum about this sacred union.
Chuck: The third reason that we encourage Californians to vote YES for Prop 8 is because we’re all Americans, and we should never be afraid or intimidated to vote our conscience. In my new book, “Black Belt Patriotism,” which is a cultural manifesto on issues from family to faith and country, I say things that may ruffle feathers of those in government. But freedom of expression is all of our right as Americans. God created the first couple a man and a woman – there’s no reason to be ashamed of that fact.
Gena: As sure as a house divided cannot stand, neither can a state or nation. Let’s unite and let our voices be heard. Please take courage and vote yes on Proposition 8 …
Chuck: … and safeguard marriage for future generations of Californians and the rest of America …
Both Chuck & Gena: … even Texans!
To watch the actual PSA that we filmed, or to learn more about this constitutional amendment, go to Protect Marriage (for adults), iProtect Marriage (for youth), and Protect Marriage CA. Instead of tearing down traditional marriage in our day, we should be upholding and building it up by voting “Yes” on Proposition 8 and by using great relational resources found (for example) at the Smalley Relationship Center. Also, if you haven’t seen it, this might also be a good time to see the movie “Fireproof.” It will help you to “never leave your partner behind.”
Lastly, as far as those who might be irritated over ours or others’ endorsement of Proposition 8, I would remind them that voting rights are basic American liberties, through which we agree to disagree agreeably. Whether the issue is the presidency or a proposition, we must protect and encourage the freedom of expression in elections, without inhibiting or belittling others in casting their votes. Or as Thomas Jefferson eloquently put it:
In every country where man is free to think and to speak, differences of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overspreading our land transiently and leaving our horizon more bright and serene. … Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth; and that, I am sure, is the ultimate and sincere object of us both. We both value too much the freedom of opinion sanctioned by our Constitution, not to cherish its exercise even where in opposition to ourselves.
There is no doubt that this is the most important election of our lifetime – there is so much on the line. That is why I encourage Americans everywhere to get out of the political bleachers and onto the battlefield. It’s time for the black-belt patriots to stand up for the Constitution and Bill of Rights through their vote, like I recently said in a new National Rifle Association public service announcement – airing today in 10 key states. And to arouse some possible fence-sitters from their electoral lethargy, I’m even giving away this week a free inspirational chapter about America’s godly heritage from my new book, “Black Belt Patriotism,” by simply going to ChuckNorrisOffer.com.
And as far as the presidential race? I couldn’t put it any better than a recent poem I received, “Twas the night before the election”:
‘Twas the night before the election
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!
I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!
He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the political stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!
‘On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi,
He screamed at the pairs!
They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!
So I leave you to think
On this one final note –
If you don’t want socialism,
GET OUT AND VOTE!!