I have a lot of respect for this man. He may not fully go along with the principle, but he can at least view the bigger picture and not get railroaded by the Christian Right. A good politician listens to everyone, and doesn’t let personal opinion cloud his judgement.
I would put money on him being in the field to succeed Obama in 2016 or to stand against whoever the Republican is should Obama lose in 2012. He’s not stupid, he knows which way the wind is blowing and it’s not in favour of the religious right. In 2016 I suspect most if not all of the states will have at least civil partnerships – this issue is going to end up before SCOTUS before long. Lynch manages to look like a visionary by being the second governor to sign gay marriage into law while at the same time being in support of the religious right. It’s win-win for him.
This is the 4th state in as many months to legalise gay marriage (bringing the total to 6 so far). I hope the California Supreme Court is taking heed. Opponents of equal rights are on the losing side. Within 100 years they will be regarded as little better than the Ku Klux Klan. They should get some common sense now as history will not judge them or their religions kindly.
marjangles, if it ever gets to SCOTUS….lets hope that at least five of the nine judges are not republican, otherwise it goes nowhere. Well done, Gov. Lynch, he really gets it, personal beliefs aside.
At least he is honest that he is shamefully against the sanctity of marriage! And regarding the amendment he is requiring – it shows that the “Christian Right” also disrepects the sanctity of marriage – now it is written!
People who are opposed to equal rights to the legal contract of marriage for gay people are facist sympathisers. I don’t care what someone’s religious beliefs are. But if you oppose equal access to legal contracts for gay people then I think it is similar to being a nazi sympathiser.
I would be interested to know if a Gay minister, pastor, justice of the peace, registrar whatever would enjoy the same protection to legally discriminate against straight couples by refusing to marry them. I don’t understand why state governments should be in the business of issuing marriage licenses to people who want a religious marriage. I find that in direct conflict with the separation of church and state. Since these religious cults pay no taxes, why should they have any input as to who can and cannot marry? They don’t even want us to have the right to a civil marriage. I say, tax the bastards with impunity.
I am a gay christian, church of England i do not know much about the bible as i do not go to church, but what i do know is that the bible says do unto others as you would have them do unto you. To me that means everyone is equal so all these religious groups should study there bibles instead of telling people how to live there lives.
The govonor is a graet example to all politicions and he will get many votes from the gay community for what he is doing and he may even be the next president.