All Things Sacred, Prop 8 Edition

Because, you know, nothing more scared than “traditional” marriage, right?  Just ask Newt Gingrich, he’s been screaming about it for days now.   Of course, you may also want to ask him which of his three “traditional” marriages was the most sacred.    Perhaps the one where he asked his wife for a divorce following her cancer surgery, while he was carrying on an affair?  I’m just sayin’.

Apparently, according to some, the votes of the people are “sacred.”  I mean, you can’t have courts and judges overturn citizens’ votes, right?  Well, not so much.

See, here’s the thing.  That’s exactly what courts and judges should be and in fact are charged with doing because, here in America, we don’t put the rights of a minority to their constitutionally guaranteed protections up for a vote.  We didn’t vote on the rights of women and blacks to, you know, vote;  we didn’t vote on integration vs. separate but equal; we didn’t vote on allowing mixed marriage.   As Ted Olson said to Chris Wallace this week, would you like Fox News’ right to free press put up for a vote?   OK, bad example, but you get the point.

One more thing on this.  The notion that Judge Walker, reportedly a gay man, should have recused himself from deciding this case because of some bias or prejudice is absurd on this face.  I’m getting really tired of this line of argument when it comes to women, Latinos, gays, blacks, whoever becoming judges.  It has one simple, arrogant and ignorant flaw.  It assumes white, male heterosexuals have no bias or prejudice.

Think about that.


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