Referenda should never be used on civil rights issues. Proposition 8 showed how devisive these things can be and misinformation spread like wild-fire. I hope proponents of LGBT equality in both Washington and Maine (where there’s a referendum on the ban on same-sex marriage later this year) have learnt from the mistakes in California.
There needs to be a concerted effort to defeat the evil christians who will be spreading lies about lgbt people and our lives. Apparently Prop 8 was passed because the gay community underestimated the true extent of the hatred being promoted against them by the christians.
next step, removal of equal rights from black people in certain states by referenda.
another referendum to deide peoples rights. wonderful. america, land of the free to strip others of their rights.
and washington doesnt even have marriage. these poeple are insane.
This is a classic example of tyranny by a majority. If Brown v. Board or the US Civil Rights Laws were subject to a public referendum, Obama would not be president of the US and Black people and women would still be second class citizens in that country. I should like to note that in some parts of the US they still are! The Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 5th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution are supposed to extend the basic constitutional rights of the Bill Rights to all people especially minorities and the courts are supposed to protect and insure those rights. I think its tragic that the US was once thought by many to be a “beacon of democracy and freedom” is presently on the brink of self destruction. because it so drunk on religion and so politically polarized in part to the divisive politics of Karl Rove and many of the right wing media “ego maniacal talking head pundits ” like Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, etc. How sad,how absolutely sad,unfair and unconscionably cruel that once again many LGBT people may lose their short lived rights!
The United Kingdom has something called ‘a free vote’ by the House of Commons (a free vote means without party influence) ‘represents the Supreme Freewill of the House of Commons’. Tradition dictates subsequent Parliaments never challenge the Supreme Freewill of a previous Parliament.
The US needs something like this to stop all the referenda nonsense.
Let me repeat this again.
The United Kingdom has something called ‘a free vote’ by the House of Commons (a free vote means without party influence) and ‘represents the Supreme Freewill of the House of Commons’.
Tradition dictates anything passed by a ‘free vote’ is never challenged by any subsequent Parliaments as it is The Supreme Freewill Of Parliament.
However, measures which cost the state, such as pension rights, will be delayed until 2014 due to Washington’s budget problems.
That’s disgusting. “Equal rights, but only when it doesn’t cost us too dearly!”
America is an evil place!!!! Thats why I live in Australia.
It is tragic that in America the rights of a minority are up for a vote thanks to dear “Christians”. As noted above, had this been the case in the past blacks nor women would have been allowed the vote. Also sad that in America blacks (who are still victims of discrimination) are more likely to support hateful anti-gay initiatives. Ironic isn’t it? Also, Obama has been a true disappointment to the gay community. Things will change with time in the land of the “free”. The genie is out of the bottle in America’s more educated regions and it’s just a matter of time. But it will continue to be a struggle as evidenced by this story.
Philistinism, those not very understanding people, nore do they want to understand so it seems. This is not a side of mans nature illumined by the imagination…’us and them’ springs to mind..how utterly sad. It is Love and the capacity for it, that distinguishes one human being from another.