Archive for Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gay couples rush to wed ahead of election

October 14, 2008


— Gay couples from around California and the nation are feverishly tying the knot ahead of Election Day to avoid missing out if voters approve a ballot initiative aimed at banning same-sex marriage.

The urgency intensified last week with news that Proposition 8's supporters had far outraised its opponents and the measure was gaining support in public opinion polls.

Proposition 8 would amend the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman. If approved, it would overturn a California Supreme Court ruling that made the state only the second, after Massachusetts, to legalize same-sex marriage. On Friday in Connecticut, the state Supreme Court ruled the state would be the third to allow gay marriage.


davidnta 9 years, 3 months ago

Prop 8 supporters put out the same lies and use the same tactics that's very analogous of Karl Rove. I hope this doesn't pass so that people everywhere can have the same the rights.No to Prop 8, Yes to loving relationships and marriage.

rachaelisacancer 9 years, 3 months ago

"A right delayed is a right denied." - Dr. King Jr.

mr_economy 9 years, 3 months ago

Certainly setting up the Big Constitution battle we've all been waiting for. Soon California may have a state constitution that conflicts with certain incorporated amendments of the US constitution. Combine that with the 9th Circuit's propensity for progressive decisions and you're almost certain to see the issue of gay marriage reach the Supreme Court. And although aside from a few newspaper articles no one has talked about it, the new President will play a major role in the outcome of that case. The Court right now has four reliable conservative votes, four reliable liberal votes, and a moderate conservative vote in Justice Kennedy. But Kennedy leans liberal on gay rights - he wrote the majority opinions for Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas, the two major gay rights victories of the last decade and a half. So with today's Court makeup, I think you wind up with a 5-4 decision overturning Prop 8 and by consequence other state bans on gay marriage.But John Paul Stevens is 88 years old, and I doubt he'll stay on much longer after the next election. He's one of the reliable liberal votes, and while Obama would probably replace him with a similar choice, McCain has vowed to appoint "strict constructionist" (which is to "conservative activist" what "intelligent design" is to "creationism"...) justices. So with Obama, you keep the 4-1-4 split with a moderately conservative lean thanks to Kennedy, but with McCain you'll see far more 5-4 conservative-activist decisions.One more thing to weigh in this election season, and one that far too many people have yet to consider.

preebo 9 years, 3 months ago

"Yes to traditional marriage. No to homosexual "marriage.""Don't you mean yes, yes to insatiable bigotry and unequal rights for a particular group and no to social equality?

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 3 months ago

Way to go Prop 8 supporters! Yes to traditional marriage. No to homosexual "marriage."

mr_economy 9 years, 3 months ago

Never said he didn't want to influence the Court, but practically speaking it would be difficult find someone who is more liberal than Stevens to a degree that it would change the Court's decision-making process.On the other hand, even a "moderate" pick by McCain's standards would usher in a radical shift in Court decision-making. It's just the nature of replacing a liberal with a conservative.Look at how much change occurred just by replacing centrist O'Connor with conservative Alito.

preebo 9 years, 3 months ago

Bowhunter, really? Nobama? Is that what you're going with? So I should suspect that you support McSame or McInsane, or even McLame?

Left_handed 9 years, 3 months ago

The bible also condemns murder and stealing. By scififreak's logic we are already living in a theocracy, so what difference does one more theocratic dictum make?

scififreak13 9 years, 3 months ago

The only way the "yes to traditional marriage" means anything is in a theocracy of fundamentalist christians. Many of the rest of us don't want nor desire a theocracy.

Chris Golledge 9 years, 3 months ago

Left_handed,Not quite. Theft and murder has obvious direct negative impacts on other members of society. Their are no obvious or direct impacts on other members of society in granting homosexuals the same legal benefits that heterosexuals enjoy.

Confrontation 9 years, 3 months ago

We all know that STRS doesn't want gay marriage, because he fears he'll be tempted.

kidicarus 9 years, 3 months ago

"SettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says: Way to go Prop 8 supporters!Yes to traditional marriage. No to homosexual "marriage.""What a miserable human being.

sfjayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

no need to rush, prop 8 will be defeated. Californians will not write bigotry into their constitution.

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