Tyranny of the Majority, or Anarchy of the Minority?
By: John Lillpop
In 2000, 4,618,673 Californians voted for Prop. 22, which defined marriage as being exclusive to couples, comprised of one man and one woman.
In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, declared Proposition 22 invalid and paved the way for same-sex marriage.
In effect, then, one Supreme Court justice (net) was able to trash the will of 4,618,673 people in order to benefit a small minority.
On November 4, 2008, 5,977,457 Californians voted for Prop. 8, which again defined marriage as a one man, one-woman arrangement in the state Constitution.
To date, then, 10,596,130 Californians have voted in free and democratic elections to as preserve marriage as it has been traditionally observed in most civilized societies for hundreds of centuries.
However, the will of the people is apparently meaningless to politicians like Governor Swarzanneger who said the following, in part, about Proposition 8, “We will undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward.” **
The governor was joined by Democratic members of the California state assembly in demanding that the Supreme Court invalidate Proposition 8, again deliberately sabotaging the will of the people
Which begs the obvious question: Why even hold elections to begin with if the votes will be discarded if power elitists disagree with the results?
Many opponents of Prop 8 cite the fact that opposition to same-sex marriage is based on religious views and beliefs.
Why should the state be empowered, through the courts or politicians, to render traditional religious values unimportant or irrelevant? Or morally wrong?
Why should one’s belief in God and the Holy Bible make that person’s vote less vital to the democratic process?
Where in the hell is the much-heralded separation of church and state in these matters?
What about the right of the faithful to live their lives in accordance with the values and traditions common to their heritage and culture?
Clearly, when it comes to gay marriage, the most dangerous threat to freedom and liberty comes not from the tyranny of the majority, but rather from the well-financed, politically connected, and minuscule minority that does not give a damn about democracy and the will of the people.