Tuesday, July 29, 2008

California Proposition 8

San Jose Mercury News reports that the language in proposition 8 has been changed to read as a constitutional elimination of so-called "same sex marriage." The article is short, so here it is in full:

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Californians get their ballot pamphlets in the mail, they'll see a new description of the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 on the November ballot had been described as a measure to limit marriage between a man and a woman.

But the Secretary of State's office says that description was changed to reflect a May 15 California Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

The ballot title and summary now describe the initiative as a constitutional change to eliminate the right of same sex couples to marry.

The revised language also says California could lose several tens of millions of dollars in sales taxes if same-sex marriage were banned.

Critics of the measure say the change accurately shows the initiative would take away a current right of Californians.

California is a beautiful state; southern California in particular. Were the government not so screwy, I would love to live there. Maybe passage of proposition 8 will be a step back towards governmental sanity.


Wayne from Jeremiah Films said...

Top posted the story on Jeremiah Films today Prop 8 renamed, lawsuit pending which is linked to your post ... still watching for a ADF press release.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the Calif Supreme Court's central premise that marriage is a fundamental right. I disagree with many of the particulars of the aforementioned opinion. Most importantly, it's none of the government's business who is or isn't married to whom. Marriage is really a spiritual matter and the government should keep its nose OUT of spiritual matters.

The government's practice of licensing marriage is the real root of the problem. If marriage is a fundamental right, which I agree that it is, then the government has NO right to "license" it at all. Marriage licensing began as a racist ploy and it continues as a tool for repression and tyranny.

SO, rather than passing Prop 8, what should be done is to pursue the abolition of all laws relating to licensing or recording of marriages by the government. Marriages would continue to be recognized by churches and families as they always have been. This course of action would be in line with the decision, while at the same time restoring some of our lost freedoms.

Polymath said...

Anonymous, I sense that you are a leftist for agreeing with the California Supremes.

Eliminating government sanctioned marriage is a pipe dream.

Marriage liscensing is not a racist ploy, it is government sanction of a traditional union for the protection of families and the raising of children.