Proposition 8: What If?

In feeling that I need to continue with my musings on Proposition 8, I’m going to make this post as a continuation of the previous one.  My hope is to shed some more light on why Proposition 8, as awful as I think it is, needs to be upheld.  What we’re going to discuss is the what-if’s that arise in this situation and walk through what they would mean.

Okay, so let’s say that the courts overturn Proposition 8 and homosexual couples are allowed to marry again.  It sounds good, doesn’t it?  I mean, I want them to have the opportunity (notice I said opportunity and not right) to get married like straight couples can.  It would, on the surface, seem wonderful.  However, this situation requires us to take a giant step back and look at the broader scope of what is going on.  At its core, this decision would show that the Supreme Court of California could overturn a voter-passed piece of legislation.  Remember, the Constitution of the United States grants the greatest of all powers to the majority vote.  The people, not the politicians, rule in the United States.  The will of over half of California’s residence would have been overruled by a handful of judges.  You want to talk about striping away human rights?  Well, THAT’S A HUMAN RIGHT BEING STRIPPED RIGHT THERE!  We have the right as citizens to change our government and our laws by a majority vote.  That is the system that our founding fathers set up for us and for California to overturn Proposition 8 would be a blatantly unconstitutional act; especially since the case against Proposition 8 is bogus in the first place.

Again, I truly do sympathize with these couples.  I know plenty of gay and lesbian individuals here in my home state of North Carolina.  Many of them are in loving, committed, beautiful relationships and have been waiting, some for YEARS, for the chance to have a civilly recognized family.  I want nothing more than for that dream to be a reality for them but we have greater things at stake here than that.  What would happen if the voters passed a law or ordinance that the government didn’t like?  Could they just vote that away too?  Hey, you’d have no right to complain since you let them vote away Proposition 8 without a fuss.  The citizens of California are playing with a double-edged sword, not realizing that the sharper end is the one pointed towards them!

As I’ve said before, the right way to repeal Proposition 8 is to beat it the same way it beat us; at the polls.  Take it back to the polls and let the citizens vote for it again.  If it still passes then the gay and lesbian citizens of California should move to a different state that will recognize their wants.  Hey, I can’t think of a good reason TO live in California so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the drive to leave.  Maybe the uptight populous of the state will have a change of heart when all those tax-paying homosexuals leave the state and cause it to be even worse off than it already is.


2 Responses to “Proposition 8: What If?”

  1. 1 Eric Naff January 15, 2010 at 2:20 am

    You and I agree and disagree at about a 50/50 rate, brother, but at least I can always count on a reasoned, rational position from you. I think you’re right on target here, unfortunately. Whether or not the majority of citizens of any state are demonstrably scared, ignorant, self-serving, unsettled and/or outright bigoted and show it at the voting booth, it’s still not necessarily the judiciary’s place to drag them all kicking and screaming into the next available century. It’s pretty slippery as slopes go.

    Denying homosexuals the right to marry sickens me as a political reality. It’s shameful and makes me want to pull my hair out. A civil right is a civil right is a civil right. But prop 8 needs to be overturned at the polls, not in the courts. That’s the only way in the eyes of their enfranchised peers for gays to truly, grudgingly earn the equal standing they should already have.

    • 2 freedomwatchnews January 15, 2010 at 3:12 am

      See, you and I are on the same page. Prop 8 makes me want to pull my hair out too and I REALLY hate that it passed. Unfortunately this is a necessary evil to make sure the system continues to work. Washington would LOVE for the American people to let the rules get bent just that one time because that opens the door just wide enough for them to smash it to bits. I still think that the homosexual population of California (and anyone else in that wasteland of a state with any sense at all) should just move away to a state like Iowa that will support them. In a capitalist society money talks, and in this case it would be tax money going to another state and not California by everyone leaving. You’d be surprised how much people will go against their “moral” beliefs when it means their state is in ruins.

      Eric, I’m glad to see just how smart you are about all this. I don’t get many chances to discuss politics with you and I’m glad to see you can put reason ahead of emotion and keep your gaze to the future. Good comment.

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