Friday, August 13, 2010

Moral Aspect Wanes in Calif. Marriage Debate

While Republican politicians increasingly shy away from hot-button cultural issues (click here), the liberal mainstream media shift the same-sex 'marriage' debate from morals to secular democracy.

UPDATE 8/17/10: Why conservatives have abandoned The Culture War (commentary)

-- From "Proposition 8 backers unhappy with federal judge's ruling" By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times 8/13/10

What was once a moral argument has morphed into a debate over the democratic process and the propriety of judges overturning laws approved by voters. It raises one of the oldest conflicts in the nation — the tension between "majority rule" and a Constitution designed to protect the rights of individuals against the majority.

Judge Walker ruled in a 136-page decision that "moral disapproval" of same-sex marriages wasn't a valid reason to deny gay men and lesbians their constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law.

Some liken the court's action on Proposition 8 to what happened to California's Proposition 187, which would have cut state services to illegal immigrants. Approved by voters in 1994, it too was invalidated as unconstitutional by a federal judge.

"Why should I waste my time voting if the opposition can find one judge to overturn the will of the people," said Bill Petersen, 66, of Tustin. "It doesn't make sense."

Morality was the issue when voters went to the polls. But it isn't now . . .

. . . the ruling on Proposition 8 "opens up the door for more like this. Liberals are deciding what should happen in our world."

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.