Archive for September 18th, 2008

2008.09.18

Clear Legal Language

Huzzah to Attorney General Jerry Brown for changing the language of California’s Proposition8 so that it’s clear what the thing is really about.

Original ballot summary: “LIMIT ON MARRIAGE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

Amended ballot summary: “ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

It seems the changed language is making it clear to people that this proposition takes away the rights of certain citizens which I’ve always maintained is highly un-American.

I love this quote, too.

“There’s no doubt the views on same-sex marriage have softened a bit over the last eight years,” she [Jennifer Kerns] said. “It’s our position that a majority of Californians still support marriage as between one man and one woman.”

Umm… I support marriage as between one man and one woman, too. I also support it between one man and another man or one woman and another woman. That is one of the stupidest observations I’ve read in a long time. It’s also sad how they subtly couch their prejudices.

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