PROPOSITION 8 DECISION: AN ASSAULT ONMARRIAGE AND DEMOCRACY
“Issue will do nothing but enflame and prolong the culture war,” says APP Founder Robert George
– Today, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down as unconstitutional California’sProposition 8 marriage law, passed by voter referendum in 2008, which recognized marriage as only between aman and a woman.“Another flagrant and inexcusable exercise of ‘raw judicial power’ threatens to enflame and prolong the culturewar ignited by the courts in the 1973 case of
Roe v. Wade
Dr. Robert P. George, Founder of theAmerican Principles Project
. “In striking down California’s conjugal marriage law, Judge Walker has arrogatedto himself a decision of profound social importance—the definition and meaning of marriage itself—that is left bythe Constitution to the people and their elected representatives.”“As a decision lacking any warrant in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, itabuses and dishonors the very charter in whose name Judge Walker declares to be acting. This usurpation of democratic authority must not be permitted to stand.”Judge Walker’s decision in
Perry v. Schwarzenegger
seeks to invalidate California Proposition 8, which by vote of the people of California restored the conjugal conception of marriage as the union of husband and wife after California courts had re-defined marriage to include same-sex partnerships.“The claim that this case is about equal protection or discrimination is simply false,” George said. “It is about thenature of marriage as an institution that serves the interests of children—and society as a whole—by uniting menand women in a relationship whose meaning is shaped by its wonderful and, indeed, unique aptness for thebegetting and rearing of children.“We are talking about the right to define what marriage is, not about who can or cannot take part. Under our Constitution the definition and meaning of marriage is a decision left in the hands of the people, not given to thatsmall fraction of the population who happen to be judges.”“Judge Walker has abandoned his role as an impartial umpire and jumped into the competition between thosewho believe in marriage as the union of husband and wife and those who seek to advance still further theideology of the sexual revolution. Were his decision to stand, it would ensure additional decades of socialdissension and polarization. Pro-marriage Americans are not going to yield to sexual revolutionary ideology or to judges who abandon their impartiality to advance it. We will work as hard as we can for as long as it takes todefend the institution of marriage and to restore the principle of democratic self-government,” concluded Dr.George.
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