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Who Decides Marriage Law?

faithhopecharity Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 7:45 AM
Well done! Thanks so much. It is obvious we do not have government by the people.
goldilocks Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 9:31 AM
this is not a democracy

this is a representative republic
RetiredInArgentina Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 7:07 PM
Yes, and the people of California, using their state's Constitutional mechanism, decided the issue. The Federal Government (in this case the Judicial Branch) has no Constitutional authority to interfere. Were the many social engineering laws and regulations that grant special privileges to married couples not existent, (as I believe they should not), the "gay marriage" issue would not exist. States' Civil laws that enforce contracts could and should protect the interests of the contracting parties equally, whether gay, straight, or otherwise.

California’s voters passed state law Proposition 22, in 2000, with 61 percent of the vote: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized.”

In 2008, the state Supreme Court overturned the law as discriminatory, so the voters spoke again. With 52 percent of the vote, Californians amended their state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. This time, in 2009, the state’s high court upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

Gay marriage advocates then went to federal court, and one U.S. District Court Judge, Vaughn Walker, a Reagan appointee, ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage violated federal guarantees...