The Los Angeles Times has come out against stripped constitutional rights away from Gay and Lesbian couples by firmly coming out against Proposition 8 – the Protect Marriage Amendment.
The editors wrote:
To be sure, the court overturned Proposition 22, a vote of the people. That is the court’s duty when a law is unconstitutional, even if it is exceedingly popular. Civil rights are commonly hard-won, and not the result of widespread consensus. Whites in the South vehemently rejected the 1954 Supreme Court decision to desegregate schools. For that matter, Californians have accused the state Supreme Court of obstructing the people’s will on marriage before — in 1948, when it struck down a ban on interracial marriages.
Fundamental rights are exactly that. They should neither wait for popular acceptance, nor be revoked because it is lacking.
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