In a 6-1 vote, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8! This is wonderful news for traditional marriage. However, keeping the existing 18K marriages as legally-recognized will only create some sticky political and legal situations. A lot of lawyers are going to make a lot of money over the years as a result of this. I understand why the Court kept the existing marriages, I just don’t agree with it – it leaves too many things open in the future. I’m glad the Court did not put the created “rights” of a small group of people over the will of the majority. There is no civil right to same-sex marriage.
I think Thomas Jefferson’s words are appropriate at this time: “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever” (Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781).
What rights we have are God-given rights. From the Declaration of Independence (also written mainly by Thomas Jefferson): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (emphasis added). Read more on this subject here.
Here is a link to the entire decision: http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/glrts/cal-prop8-same-sex-marriage.html.
I think it is interesting to see the number of attorneys in the briefing. There are roughly 7 pages of attorneys on the anti-Prop 8 side to just about 1 page of attorneys arguing for Prop 8 (does that mean those fighting Prop 8 spent roughly 7 times as much money just on legal counsel?). Even with all that legal firepower, Prop 8 still stands. Even with all the money that the anti-Prop 8 side spent (it was a lot more money than Prop 8 supporters spent), Prop 8 still passed. So far, no matter how much money same-sex “marriage” advocates spend on propaganda for their cause, the majority of people in California (and in the nation) still support traditional marriage.
I have to add another observation. I’ve been following the Prop 8 discussion on Twitter. Almost every post is against Prop 8. Talk about a biased sample. We know that a majority of Americans are in favor of traditional marriage (even Pres. Obama believes that marriage is between a man and a woman) but you sure wouldn’t think that just by reading tweets on Twitter.
The hate from some anti-Prop 8 people is astounding (there are a lot of anti-Prop 8 people who are not hateful – the extremists just stick out): [name removed] “thinks anyone who supports #prop8 deserves to be raped…then get beaten to death. EVERYONE deserves the right to marry.”
Also, many tweets are calling for people to vote “No” on Prop 8. Aren’t they 6 months too late?
I also think it’s funny that so many people are spreading the following Abraham Lincoln quote: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” What they conveniently leave off is the context of the quote: “This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it” (Source). Pres. Lincoln was talking about slavery. Are homosexual people slaves? Are they living lives that are anything like the lives of slaves? Are they owned by another person? Are they denied their basic God-given rights? Are they forced to work without pay and beaten on a whim? The answer to all these questions is, “No.” Using that quote by Abraham Lincoln as if it somehow supports same-sex marriage is offensive to the memory of a man who gave people real rights – the God-given rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”