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Porterville is on record in support of Proposition 8, the November ballot measure seeking to codify in the state Constitution that marriage in California is only between a man and a woman.

That’s the position taken last month — by formal resolution — by the City Council.

The resolution was adopted unanimously at its Sept. 2 meeting.

“The Porterville City Council expresses their support of Proposition 8 and challenges the other incorporated cities and Tulare County Board of Supervisors to join them in this support, and also urges Porterville voters to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage by voting yes on Proposition 8,” the city’s administrative analyst, Linda Clark, wrote in announcing the council’s action.

The item was requested by City Councilman Brian Ward, who spoke in support of Proposition 8. Mayor Cameron Hamilton said he supports the resolution and wanted the council to challenge the governing bodies of the county and the county’s other incorporated cities to support Proposition 8 by resolution.

Councilmen Felipe Martinez and Pedro “Pete” Martinez each expressed support for the resolution as well.

Mayor Pro-tem Pete McCracken hedged somewhat, according to the minutes from the meeting, expressing concern over passing a resolution in support of Proposition 8.

He indicated he would be more comfortable with a proclamation or a letter of support instead, but ultimately joined in the unanimous vote.

The Resolution

The council resolution reads:

WHEREAS, in 2000 over 61 percent of Californians voted in favor of Proposition 22 to reaffirm that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California; and

WHEREAS, because Proposition 22 language was not placed into the state Constitution when it was approved, four activist judges from San Francisco wrongly overturned the people’s vote; and

WHEREAS, in November 2008, Proposition 8 will provide California voters the opportunity to reverse the court’s decision and restore the will of the people by defining marriage as between a man and a woman in the state Constitution; and

WHEREAS, in health education classes, state law requires teachers to instruct children as young as kindergartens about marriage, and Proposition 8 protects our children from being taught in public schools that same-sex marriage is the same as traditional marriage; and

WHEREAS, Proposition 8 protects marriage as an essential institution of society and safeguards the important role of a traditional family. While death, divorce and other circumstances may prevent the ideal, the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married mother and father; and

WHEREAS, Proposition 8 contains the same 14 words that were previously approved by the voters of California: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,” and by placing these words into the state Constitution, activist judges cannot strike them down as unconstitutional.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Porterville hereby pledges support for Proposition 8 and urges Porterville voters to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage by voting yes on Proposition 8.

-- Contact Glen Faison at 784-5000, Ext. 1040, or gfaison@portervillerecorder.com.

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