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Is California’s gay marriage ban a legal precedent for more discrimination against minorities?

California’s gay marriage ban could open the door to legal discrimination against unpopular groups if the state Supreme Court allows the voter-approved measure to stand, blacks, Latinos, Asians and other minorities said.”

Imagine that! Allowing majority vote to decide who gets to keep their rights turns out to be a bad idea!

African Americans have been receiving a lot of blame for the passage of Proposition 8, the ballot item in California that outlawed gay marriage. Though some say it’s an unfair criticism, many Progressives couldn’t help tasting a little irony when they saw a particularly-high number of black voters turn out to elect our first black president yet, at the exact same time, deny the rights of another minority group.

Sure, I’ll concede that there’s no real danger of an anti-African-American ballot measure showing next election cycle, and given that America just voted for a black president in huge numbers, it’s doubtful it would pass even if there were one.

But what other minority groups could, potentially see voter-ratified discrimination? African Americans just saw a landmark election, and are feeling renewed confidence, but how would Asian people fare? Muslims? Other minority religions? Atheists?

Once it’s decided that the majority can take away the rights of any minority group, nobody is safe. Everyone is a minority in some way. Religion. Disability. Health. You name it. EVERYBODY is a minority is some way some day.

Our Bill of Rights guarantees everyone’s rights regardless of who likes or dislikes it. Putting it up for majority vote on a whim every time someone wants outlaw that which irritates them is not only wrong, it’s unconstitutional. And for good reason.

Courtesy of the Examiner


Written by kickingalion

November 25, 2008 at 5:51 am