Monday, May 19, 2008
California supreme court overreaches
While I have no objection to gay marriage, I cannot endorse the recent decision of the California Supreme Court declaring it a constitutional right. Gay marriage is a question that should be decided by the democratic process. As Justice Marvin R. Baxter so eloquently opined in his dissent, the majority, "not satisfied with the pace of democratic change, now abruptly forestalls that process and substitutes, by judicial fiat, its own social policy views for those expressed by the people themselves." I hesitate to use the word "activist judges," as that is a grossly overused term, but in this case I think it's accurate. In November California as a whole will vote on the issue. I will vote to keep it legal.