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Prop. 8 illegal

Posted: June 22, 2009 3:28 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
June 16 was the first anniversary of the day that same-sex couples could legally be married in California.

So much has changed in the year since then. Now the 18,000 married same-sex couples belong to an elite group. Their peers no longer have the same rights they had a year ago.

When I ask people who are opposed to same-sex marriage, "How has your life changed since these couples were allowed to marry?" the answer is overwhelmingly, "Not at all."

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for those same-sex couples who are no longer able to marry.

For those couples life has changed dramatically.

They feel they have once again been given second-class status, that they are not protected under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause or the state constitution's equal protection guarantee, which states that the majority cannot take away the rights of a minority.

The right to marry is not something that should be decided by the majority. Even if 99 percent of the voters oppose same-sex marriage, they still cannot take that right away from the minority.

That is why Proposition 8 is illegal. With enough signatures any proposition can go on the ballot but that doesn't make it constitutional.

Even incarcerated felons - murderers, rapists, child molesters, and so on - have more rights when it comes to marriage than homosexual couples have. How can this be fair?

As for the argument that same-sex marriage devalues the sanctity of marriage, I find that a difficult argument to justify. With the high divorce rate, cheating spouses, absentee fathers/mothers and blended families so prevalent in today's heterosexual society, the one mother, one father family is no longer the norm.

The ideal family should consist of people who provide a safe, loving, stable home for themselves and their children. The sexual orientation of those family members doesn't negate the fact that they can provide all of the above.

Love is love.

Each side is, of course, entitled to believe what is right for them when it comes to the same-sex marriage issue. No one can take away your right to your beliefs and your right to practice them.

That is what freedom is all about.

With that freedom comes the responsibility to uphold the Constitution. The same Constitution that states that "all men are created equal."

When making decisions that affect our fellow citizens, let's try and keep that in mind.

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