The California State Attorney General Jerry Brown brings up a good point and one that I believe is at the heart of the gay marriage issue. Do heterosexuals have the right to deny homosexuals the same rights they enjoy? Doesn’t life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cover all Americans or just the heterosexual ones?
I don’t think it matters what our personal feelings are about homosexuality, what matters as far as I’m concerned is that homosexuals who are American citizens have the same inalienable rights that I have. I find the argument that homosexuals getting married somehow threaten heterosexual marriage disingenuous…..what threatens heterosexual marriage the most is divorce, yet every state in this country allows for divorce as do most churches.
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, December 20, 2008
(12-19) 19:43 PST SAN FRANCISCO — State Attorney General Jerry Brown, in a surprise turnabout, asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to overturn Proposition 8, saying the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates basic rights guaranteed in the state Constitution.
Brown, who is required to defend state laws unless he cannot find reasonable legal grounds to do so, said after Prop. 8 passed Nov. 4 that he would support the initiative before the state’s high court.
But in a lengthy filing late Friday, he argued that the constitutional amendment was “inconsistent with the guarantees of individual liberty” in California’s governing charter.
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