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Happy marriage in sunny California

Posted by Ron Coleman on May 15, 2008


CALIFORNIA’S SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN the state’s ban on gay marriages. Did it just hand the state to McCain? Well, possibly.

Personally, I favor gay marriage, but I think it would be much better if it were adopted through political, rather than judicial, channels — though I realize that some would call that a distinction without a difference where California is concerned. . . .

I had been saying the same thing on Dean’s World most of last year (and would link to that chain of posts but, alas, there’s not such thing any more on that blog — here’s one ), except the favoring part. The next step, of course, is the proposal in California of a constitutional amendment to reverse this decision (since the Cali court claims to act under constitutional color), and, depending on California’s procedure for making a constitutional change, myriad legal, political and judicial attempts to keep that off the ballot and at all costs prevent the occurrence of democracy … the whole tiring, usual thing that has played out everywhere.

It’s kind of like the revenge of Rose Bird!


6 Responses to “Happy marriage in sunny California”

  1. Avigdor MBawlmawr said

    I’ve been in the shadows for too long! Now, I can go to California where Fido and I can live without shame!

  2. Jack said

    Two poles and both are positive make charge at either one
    So that canceled out are not at ends they’ve just begun,
    By court of law the natural is questioned and addressed
    And finding better substitute all precedent redressed,
    The people finding in their stance the public misaligned
    Supremely are they chastened and by judgment reassigned,
    The moral of this story is that judges judge the law
    You cannot remake culture til you’ve adjudged all the flaws
    And who could condemn better than a lawyer’s best defense
    That what is best the common good is really just expense?
    If everyone’s conformance is that everyone is free
    Then liberty’s more geared to whim than cut to be a key,
    When positive to positive are said to both attract
    Then why do people argue, just let arbiters enact,
    If citizens were wiser then as judges they would be
    Better to be subjects who are ruled in absentee,
    For the wisest who among us understand our true intent
    Are noble in their private parts, they do not need assent,
    So public do not worry long or fret if all is well
    And if this seems quite queer to you then you can go to hell.

  3. hydralisk said

    The effect seems to be a decoupling of marriage from procreation as a legitimate state interest. If sexual orientation is irrelevant, then creation of children must also be (as well as, one would hope, sex itself). And if that’s the case, then is there anything now stopping me from applying for a marriage license with a friend or a neighbor or a sister or a cousin or a daughter? I could use some benef–er, I mean rights.

    Damn it, give me my rights!

  4. shep said

    “at all costs prevent the occurrence of democracy …”

    Democracy come in many forms, my friend, and ballot initiatives are one of the crappiest. In any event, popular will itself has lead to quite undemocratic outcomes (slavery, no voting rights for women, etc.) which is why the Founders chose representation. Ever heard the phrase “tyranny of the majority”?

  5. Jack said

    “Ever heard the phrase “tyranny of the majority”?”

    Yeah, it ranks right beside “mutiny of the judiciary.”

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