(CNN) – Supporters of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, are asking that a judge's injunction barring the measure's enforcement be thrown out because the judge failed to disclose his involvement in a long-term same-sex relationship.
In August, then-U.S. Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the measure violates the Constitution's equal protection clause. "Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples," Walker wrote in his 136-page opinion.
We live in a democracy that guarantees a basic set of freedoms for all. Those freedomes should never be put up for a referendum. Referendums are for school district budgets, not the rights of a minority group.
Our democracy separates church and state for a good reason. The democratic process means compromise and decision on the issues through the power of the ballot box. When religion is allowed to enter the process the ability to compromise is lost because compromise will usually mean committing a sin. It means allowing one religion to dominate others in a land that was founded upon the principle of religous freedoms.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once cautioned us against the dangers of legislating morality. It does not and cannot work in a democracy for many of the reasons I just outlined.
Well, I guess that means straight people can't rule on it either...or Christians or Muslims or Jews or anyone for that matter. According to conservartives, the Constitution just doesn't count when it comes to them making rules about your genitals.
"Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant."
so I guess if it's a straight judge that rules on it then that will be alright. Why not just get rid of the law altogether and stay out of people's private lives?
Typical bible-thumping tripe.
Then shouldnt a straight judge also recuse themselves? Get over it people. Your religious beliefs should not bind the governement.