Thursday, August 05, 2010

Weighing In on the Overturn of Proposition 8

California’s ban of gay marriage was overturned yesterday and honestly I’m not surprised. Some see this as one man throwing out the will of the people and some see it as justice for those who have been denied the same rights under the law. I agree with the latter. The simple fact is that the “will of the people” is not always right, and our Founding Fathers knew this when they wrote the Constitution. They designed a system with checks and balances that was intended to provide for equal rights under the law to all. Often our government, system, and population have failed miserably in this endeavor, but eventually the system has righted itself. That is what I believe has happened here.

3 comments:

Otter Limits said...

There seems to be a lot of talk in the blogosphere that continues the trend of trying to make this a religious issue.

Personally, I don't consider this a religious issue. I think there are biggers concerns in my spiritual life than worrying about whether or not two guys want to get married.

I would rather focus on myself and my own sins first.

Dave said...

Honestly I think it is only a religious issue for those who use their religion as a cover for their bigotry against homosexuals. I know that is harsh but that is what their behavior and rhetoric displays.

Oilfieldguy said...

There is way more to Democracy than mob rule. Sometimes the popular thing is just wrong. Like slavery, slaves couldn't vote and using their labor to generate wealth was popular. It took many years and a civil war for America to grow from a bitchy baby to early adulthood and understand that minorities have rights too. The mob is not a dictator to lord over minorities, or suffragettes.

We still are growing in this respect, and prop h8 is the latest manifestation. A huge amount of money and energy was spent and is continuing to be spent on this issue. Sad.