Friday, July 18, 2008

Gay Marriage Faces Democracy

"...Californians will get to vote in November on a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday.

In a unanimous order, without comment, the court dismissed a lawsuit by gay rights advocates seeking to remove an initiative sponsored by conservative religious groups from the Nov. 4 ballot. The measure, Proposition 8, would overturn the court's 4-3 ruling May 15 that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry in California.

The suit, on behalf of couples who had challenged the state's previous ban on same-sex marriage, argued that Prop. 8 would destroy fundamental rights that cannot be changed by a voter initiative. The court rarely takes up legal challenges to a ballot measure before an election, and could consider the same issue in another lawsuit if the measure passes.

The suit was "a desperate effort to keep the amendment away from the democratic process," said attorney Glen Lavy of the Alliance Defense Fund, which represents sponsors of Prop. 8..." (source)

This is how all these issues should be decided. State by Democracy! I am not suggesting that 'individual rights' be denied by any means, but I do object to the word marriage being used as it does bear a religious connotation (To be fair, I also object to atheists/agnostics using the word marriage). Each and every controversial issue should be voted on, state by the people, for the people...

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