Whether you’re a resident of California or not, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Proposition 8. It’s an initiative that the ballot description tells us would “change the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.” It would add a new section to Article I of the constitution that would read “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” I’m writing this note because so much of the information put out by the “Yes on 8″ campaign is a pile of lies. Not the kind of lies politicians might use – omission of facts, shades of gray, or slight exaggerations – but flat untruths easily undone but Googling California law. I’m writing because the campaigns for and against Proposition 8 are tied in the polls. The outcome isn’t certain, the future isn’t set in stone, and the effects on November 5th to the California constitution, civil laws, and the rights of couples in the state can still be influenced.