Jerry Brown upholds the law

“In a surprise move, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to invalidate Proposition 8. He said the November ballot measure that banned gay marriage ‘deprives people of the right to marry, an aspect of liberty that the Supreme Court has concluded is guaranteed by the California Constitution.’

“It is the attorney general’s duty to defend the state’s laws, and after gay rights activists filed legal challenges to Proposition 8, which amended the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, Brown said he planned to defend the proposition as enacted by the people of California.

“But after studying the matter, Brown concluded that ‘Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification.'”
Jerry Brown: Gay-marriage ban should be invalidated. Brown says the November ballot measure that banned gay marriage “deprives people of the right to marry, an aspect of liberty that the Supreme Court has concluded is guaranteed by the California Constitution.’ By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2008

See, that’s what I think: Constitutions are for what you can do, your rights, not what you can’t do, which is the purview of the legal system, religion and parents of minors.

Good for you, Jerry Brown. And thanks. I keep saying this isn’t my fight, but it’s really everyone’s fight. You know what Ghandi said: “A civilization can be judged by the way it treats its minorities.” We might be broke in California, but we can still be good people.

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