LA Times: NO on Prop 8

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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  4 comments for “LA Times: NO on Prop 8

  1. Crystal Oftedahl
    October 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    This is not about civil rights. It’s about protecting our communities and our nation from immoral and influences which are counter productive and run contrary to the peace, order, and freedom of all citizens. It would be insane to place all murderers in one group and label them “inherent murderers” with the argument that they were born with the tendency to murder, and then enact laws for the protection of their “civil right” to murder, simply because they claim to have been born with the inclination to do so. When we allow widespread moral degeneration in our country, OUR COUNTRY WILL FALL, simply because the Constitution of the United States which holds it up is based upon pure and virtuous principles, and if we fail to keep them, the constitution will go with them.

  2. October 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Crystal – you fail to see that when our country refuses equal rights and protections to all of its people it has already fallen.
    I believe your arguments about “immoral,” “counter productive” “moral degeneration” were used by those in favor of slavery, segregation, and law against interracial marriage.

  3. October 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    and comparing gays and lesbians to murderers?
    well, i won’t even dignify that with a response.
    i think our communities and our nation need protecting… from people like you.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    October 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Crystal — your arguments don’t make a lot of sense. Prop 8 is about denying the same set of rights enjoyed by one group of people that are freely enjoyed by another set. You cannot legislate morality. I could take your argument and say well, we should outlaw war. Which one of your civil rights would you like us to vote on?

    *When we allow widespread moral degeneration in our country, OUR COUNTRY WILL FALL* Under Republican rule, it just about has.

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