Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Captain Obvious: The Constitution Trumps "The Will of the Voters"
By far, one of the loudest shrieks from the right is "the will of the voters" has been overturned, and this represents a failure of democracy. Bull pucky. Civil rights should never be put to a vote in the first place. When they are, you get what we've gotten: 31 states have put same-sex marriage to a vote, and 31 times, gay people lost. Imagine if voters had gotten a chance to vote on slavery. Or integration. Or women's suffrage. Does anyone really believe that the batting average would have been different in those scenarios?
Prop 8 was found un-Constitutional, and as such, the Constitution trumps public sentiment. Period. You can't get more American than that.