Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Here We Go Again... Gays Vow to Fight Vote

Earlier this decade, California voters to the tune of some 61 percent voted that they wanted marriage to stay defined as between a man and a woman.

After that vote was overturned by four judges back in May of this year, proponents of traditional marriage managed to get enough signatures to bring the issue to a vote on Nov. 4. While not all precincts are in, Yes on Proposition 8 (defining marriage as that between a man and a woman) was passing 52 to 48 percent or 5,163,908 votes to 4,760,336 votes. Unless thousands and thousands of votes come in from some strong homosexual district, Prop 8 will pass.

And what are gays doing about this? Once again, they're trying to throw out the majority's vote and tie up the issue in court. Didn't we go through this dog and pony show once before?

Three legal groups filed a writ petition today with the state Supreme Court, urging the invalidation of Prop 8.

The petition claims that Prop 8 is invalid because the initiative process was improperly used in an attempt to undo the constitution’s core commitment to equality for everyone by eliminating a fundamental right from just one group – lesbian and gay Californians.

Spending for and against the Prop 8 hit $74 million, making it the most expensive social-issues campaign in the nation's history and the most expensive campaign this year outside the race for the White House.

So while it looks like the Prop 8 vote is going to hold in favor of those banning same-sex marraige, gays and lesbians now want to tie the issue up in court for a second time.

Whatever happened to majority rules? Should we now contest every race that we don't like the outcome of? Should we run down to the nearest courthouse and whine each time a vote doesn't go our way?

This will be blunt and to the point....but if you don't like the way Prop 8 apparently has turned out, no one is forcing you to live in California.

Many of us who supported Prop 8 have no issue with making sure same-sex couples are entitled to the same medical care, insurance and other rights that heterosexual couples have. We just draw the line at redefining marriage.

For once, could you live with what the voters have said?

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