Nov 052008
 

"If the voters approved an initiative that took the right to free speech away from women, but not from men, everyone would agree that such a measure conflicts with the basic ideals of equality enshrined in our constitution. Proposition 8 suffers from the same flaw – it removes a protected constitutional right – here, the right to marry – not from all Californians, but just from one group of us," said Jenny Pizer, a staff attorney with Lambda Legal. "That’s too big a change in the principles of our constitution to be made just by a bare majority of voters."

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against Prop 8.

 
 Posted November 5, 2008

  4 Responses to ““A major purpose of the constitution is to protect minorities from majorities.”

  1. My heart just skipped a beat.

    I really think that the beautiful person who rewrote the Prop 8 language to specify that it “removes a civil right from same sex couples” was a fucking genius and did it on purpose. It puts it into conflict with the state constitution in two areas – One, removing a civil right, as ACLU points out, and two, the language makes it retroactive, and by California state laws, constitution amendments cannot be retroactive.

    …I think I got all that right. Don’t quote me. *grin*

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  2. My heart just skipped a beat.
    I really think that the beautiful person who rewrote the Prop 8 language to specify that it “removes a civil right from same sex couples” was a fucking genius and did it on purpose. It puts it into conflict with the state constitution in two areas – One, removing a civil right, as ACLU points out, and two, the language makes it retroactive, and by California state laws, constitution amendments cannot be retroactive.
    …I think I got all that right. Don’t quote me. *grin*

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  3. When my financial issues are under control, I want to be a card-carrying member of the ACLU.

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  4. When my financial issues are under control, I want to be a card-carrying member of the ACLU.

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