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Since I haven’t discussed the subject of gay marriage on its own I thought I might do so today. The idea of gay marriage sparks a lot of emotion on both sides of the issue especially on the left coast in California with the passing of Prop 8. Similar measures were also passed this Nov 4th in other states such as Arizona and Florida. Gay marriage is legal in a couple of states such as Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In California Gay marriage was initially banned by voters up until about six months ago. At that time the California State Supreme Court decided to legislate from the bench, which some other State Supreme Courts have done in the past, and they overturned the wishes of the majority of voters in California and legalized gay marriage. On November 4th, 2008 of this year the amendment to the California constitution to ban gay marriage passed by an overwhelming majority of voters in that state.

The catalyst for passing of this amendment was a large influx of money, the Black American, and Evangelical vote. For the record the majority of Black Americans who voted for Obama voted for the passage of Prop 8 as well. On the evangelical side the Mormons and Catholics mounted a massive campaign in support of the proposition also.

Opponents of Prop 8 freaked out when the amendment passed. They had initially believed that they would face no or at least little opposition in their efforts to stop Prop 8 dead in its tracks. When they lost their battle they became no better than mad dogs in the streets in cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. There were riots in those cities as well as violent protests and confrontations with supporters of Prop 8.

Now it appears that the California State Supreme Court is about to rejoin the battle of same sex marriage again. The court has granted requests by both sides of Prop 8 to review lawsuits challenging the November 4th passage of the initiative. The court did however refuse to allow same sex marriages to resume while it considers the constitutionality of Prop 8.

Personally I don’t believe in same sex marriage but I do believe in civil unions for same sex couples. However in this case the people have spoken and usually the majority vote rules. That is what I was taught to believe and I still do. If the State Supreme Court of California should overturn Prop 8 and legalize same sex marriage again I think the United States Supreme Court should step in and reinstate Prop 8 as the law of the state of California. I am really interested to hear all of your thoughts on this subject so please feel free to comment.

Have a wonderful weekend CIAO$NOW!!!!!


I have to agree with you. The people's voice should definitely rule. They voted...and that's the end of it.

November 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM  

I guess some groups just can't believe that the majority rule is more important than their minority. The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few.

November 23, 2008 at 10:42 PM  

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