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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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Main Entry:
big·ot
Pronunciation:
\ˈbi-gət\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French, hypocrite, bigot
Date:
1660
: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices ; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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In 1948, the California Supreme Court recognized marriage as a fundamental right when it became the first state court in the country to strike down a law prohibiting interracial marriage. The California Supreme Court held that:
Marriage is thus something more than a civil contract subject to regulation by the state; it is a fundamental right of free men.... Legislation infringing such rights must be based upon more than prejudice and must be free from oppressive discrimination to comply with the constitutional requirements of due process and equal protection of the laws.

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Proposition 8 - The California Constitution, as amended, would add a new section (Section 7.5) to Article I, placing it between the state Equal Protection clause and nondiscrimination in business and the professions. This new section would read:
Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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I will be voting NO of California Proposition 8
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I will weep when it passes. My God loves all people.

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Update 11/5/08 -
And so... it passed. And I am ashamed of my state, at least 52% of it.

6 comments:

Alfie said...

I've never understood why such bigotry needs to be enshrined in law. I can see why you would weep, living in "the land of the free".

C.M. Bailey said...

MH,

Your point is correct, and well made. While not a Californian, let us hope that the voters of California do not enshrine this bigotry into their constitution, a document which exists only to protect the rights of individual citizens.

acker said...

Well spoken! I can not vote, because i'm no US citizen. But i do firmly believe, that the bond between people is something that no intervention of the state should be allowed in. Actually the quote from the declaration of independence is one of my favorites. For me it says what not only the US, but the whole free world stands for. And the state should not be allowed to decide on the values that you yourself hold dear.
You are free to live your live, as long as you respect the freedom of others.

The Muse said...
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Alfie said...

A giant leap for mankind. Backwards.

Miss Unconventional, The Wicked Bitch said...

It's great to see posts where other people are also very sad about it. It makes one not feel so alone.