Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Post-Proposition 8 Tantrums

The gay and lesbian community in California is throwing a temper tantrum. They were unable to prevent Proposition 8 from passing and now they're doing everything in their power to get it overturned -- just like they eventually did the proposition that the majority of Californians passed back in 2000. You could use a lot of phrases to describe what is happening, but the one that comes most to my mind is this: "sore losers".

Some news articles:
-- Calif. gay-marriage ban creates legal uncertainty
-- Thousands Protest Gay Marriage Ban In L.A.
-- Gays vow to keep fighting for right to wed
-- Prop. 8 protesters target Mormon temple in Westwood
-- Gay rights backers file 3 lawsuits challenging Prop. 8
-- Why Gay Marriage Was Defeated in California

These people just can't let it alone. Between filing lawsuits to try to get the courts to dismiss it, to picketing a Mormon temple (like that's going to do any good), to going on the airwaves to tell everybody that their rights have been trampled, it's clear that this fight is far from over. The media doesn't help -- most of the links I just cited are clearly written from a liberal, pro-gay perspective. Very little of it could be considered balanced journalism, and I would have failed high school journalism had my writing made so many blatant assumptions about the position of the reader.

But, hey, I suppose they're entitled to throw their tantrums, though I find it disgusting that they just can't simply accept the will of the people. Frankly, I'm alarmed by all this ... after all, if they could get the proposition from 2000 tossed out, why not this one? This link, however, gives me hope, which states, in part:

The right to amend California’s Constitution is not granted to the People, it is reserved by the People. The Supreme Court has repeatedly acknowledged the reserved power of the People to use the initiative process to amend the Constitution. For example, when the Rose Bird Court struck down the death penalty as a violation of fundamental state constitutional rights, the People disagreed, and in the exercise of their sovereign power reversed that interpretation of their Constitution through the initiative-amendment process. Even a liberal jurist who vehemently disagreed with the People’s decision on the death penalty, Justice Stanley Mosk, nevertheless acknowledged the People’s authority to decide the issue through the initiative-amendment process.

May it be so this time.

God help us.

3 comments:

Melissa said...

I read the article about the people protesting at the temple. Their claim that we "bought" the election is absurd. Like liberal Hollywood didn't pump WAY more money into the No campaign. And I can't believe MSNBC and Comedy Central would air that horrible commercial.

Court said...

Sometimes I wonder if all of this Prop 8 (and similar props) stuff isn't so much that we will be able to keep marriage between a man and a woman, but rather to further create the huge division between the Lord's side and the world that we know is coming. Sort of a "who will follow the prophet" kind of test. Anyway, I'm glad that it passed and I guess we'll just have to wait and see what comes in the future.

Megan said...

Court - that's a very interesting comment and one that I've been pondering too. I've been reading another blog of a BYU student totally opposed to it, speaking out against it, etc. She got a lot of hate mail from fellow students, and people questionning her testimony, etc. But you read in the scriptures that these things happen. In fact, I read a really good one recently.

3 Nephi 2: 1-2
1 And it came to pass that thus passed away the *ninety and fifth year also, and the people began to forget those asigns and wonders which they had heard, and began to be less and less astonished at a sign or a wonder from heaven, insomuch that they began to be hard in their hearts, and blind in their minds, and began to disbelieve all which they had heard and seen—
2 Imagining up some vain thing in their hearts, that it was wrought by men and by the power of the devil, to lead away and bdeceive the hearts of the people; and thus did Satan get possession of the hearts of the people again, insomuch that he did blind their eyes and lead them away to believe that the doctrine of Christ was a cfoolish and a vain thing.

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