I think this letter to the editor of The Union (a Calfornian newspaper) really encompasses what proposition 8 is all about:
"Opponents to Proposition 8 claim that this amendment prejudicially takes away rights. The fact is similar limits already exist. The separation of church and state naturally limits (or takes away) religious teaching rights in public schools. So, where it bumps up against religious views, of course the teaching of gender to young children should likewise be limited. Without such limits, public school teachers seem mandated to teach gender beliefs that resemble a state promoted religion.
Correcting tolerance deficiencies for gay couples in California by redefining the age-honored institution of marriage is a colossal intrusion into hundreds of existing pro-family laws.
In comparison, this is like discovering a small electrical fire in a New York City skyscraper and dowsing the entire building with water. Is life really better when political correctness makes the average family in California feel like their values are being drenched with cold water? Come on, folks, this is America! Here, we can find less intrusive ways to correct existing tolerance problems.Vote "yes" on 8.
Here is a great comment to this letter:
"The man is right. If Prop 8 does not pass, others will be forced to teach that same sex marriage is normal, and will likely be forced to perform such marriages in their facilities - public or private - or they reap the consequences of the law. Look at what has happened in Massachusetts. Parents can't know when their children will be taught about same sex marriage. The law has effectively taken that freedom away. We are free to live and believe as we choose, but those against Proposition 8 have taken this truth to the point where they want to infringe on others' freedoms in order to have their lifestyle choice written into law. Passing proposition 8 does not take away your right to live a homosexual lifestyle, but not passing it does take away others' rights to choose to believe against that lifestyle. Let's work to foster love for all people, black, white, heterosexual, homosexual, etc. rather than to take away rights. Vote yes on Prop 8."
To see the original article or make your comment to the newspaper see http://www.theunion.com/article/20081025/OPINION/110245596/1025&parentprofile=1056&title=Limits%20are%20important:%20Vote%20%27yes%27%20on%20Proposition%208