Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Proposition 8 stands

The CA Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8 by a decision of 6-1, but is allowing the 18,000 gay couples who wed last year to stay legally married. Their rationale is that voters have the right to change their State Constitution.

"In a sense, petitioners' and the attorney general's complaint is that it is just too easy to amend the California Constitution through the initiative process. But it is not a proper function of this court to curtail that process; we are constitutionally bound to uphold it," the ruling said.

Let me remind you what provided the basis for the voters' decision to change the State Constitution. I quote from the pro-Prop. 8 mailers I received last year:

"Same-sex marriage threatens tax exempt status of churches."

"Gay marriage WILL be taught in California public schools if we don't pass Proposition 8."

"First Graders Taken to San Franscisco City Hall for Gay Wedding."

See here, here and here for my blog posts exposing how grossly misleading these claims were.

Now the Supreme Court is knocking the ball back into the court of "the people's will." Never mind that the basis upon which that will was determined was the twisting of facts that played to people's fears and prejudices. Incredible.