D. Herbert

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Upholding the Constitution is Extremist?

The SF Chron reveals its true colors today, with its all-out attack on Arnold's decision to uphold our state constitution.

Signing an unconstitutional bill into law--even if it would otherwise be the right thing to do--is an attack on our system of law. In some extreme cases, it might be right to move against a constitution. This is not one of those cases.

The proper way to enact gay marriage in California is not to push it through the state legislature or find a judge willing to invent a new legal principle. The proper way is to take it to the voters with another referendum. If that fails, try again.

Why did so many people vote for Prop. 22? I didn't, so I can't speak for them. But I think in large part it was out of fear that if they didn't act, someone would try to sneak it through against their wishes. Using underhanded tactics now is only going to encourage conservative voters to be more suspicious of the liberal agenda and take more precautionary measures in the future that will only impede liberal reformers.

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