Fighting the Good Fight – Prop 8

2 03 2009

From the Wall Street Journal:

This week, California’s gay-marriage battle returns to the national spotlight.

The state’s Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Thursday on whether an amendment passed by voters in November banning gay marriage should stand. . .

The National Center for Lesbian rights, and other gay-rights groups, immediately petitioned the Supreme Court to invalidate the law, arguing voters can’t take away what they say is an essential right. That constitutes a revision, not an amendment, to the state’s constitution, gay-marriage advocates argue.

I find this an interesting argument.  On one hand the voters of California voted for prop 8.  On the other hand, do the voters even have the power to write bigotry into the constitution via an amendment?

I hope that the challenge to prop eight succeeds – not because i know so much about California’s constitution that I can make the final call on the subject, but because regardless of everything else it is the right thing to do.  If someone can find a way to invalidate it, then so be it.  I won’t listen to arguments about fairness from the other side – I’m only interested in changing the social atmosphere in what is supposedly the most advanced civilization on earth, from one of hatred to one of acceptance.

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