California Same-Sex Marriage Ban (Prop 8) Ruled Unconstitutional

Prop. 8 Protest Sacramento Capitol Building Steps - photo by Fritz Liess

In what is sure to be called judicial activism by some on the Right, an appeals court ruled California’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. The ban, also known as Proposition 8, was a ballot proposition that passed in November of 2008.

From Wikipedia:

Proposition 8 (ballot title: Eliminates Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment; called California Marriage Protection Act by proponents) was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008 state elections. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

I don’t care what your religion is, what your beliefs are, or if you have a problem with same-sex marriage. You don’t get to impose your dogma on others. There are some things in life that are objective truths.

It is an objective truth that a declaration of rights should not contain just the opposite. What matters, when constructing such a document, is liberty and equality. If “the people” create a document that serves as a declaration of rights guaranteed to all citizens, it should not be used by ideologues and religious zealots to impose their beliefs on others.

It doesn’t matter if Proposition 8 passed by popular vote. It is meaningless. In fact, it should never have happened. In this country we don’t vote on which groups get which rights.

ALL rights guaranteed to ALL people

Separate Is Not Equal


photo by Fritz Liess via Flickr

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