Prop. 8... A Distraction Conservatives Can Ill Afford

By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

The big item in the news, and it's all over internet as well,  is  Prop. 8,  the initiative overwhelmingly supported by California voters banning same sex marriages. Personally I refuse to call these unions marriages on a technicality.Marriage has always been defined as the union of a female and a male. Ostensibly for the purpose of perpetuating the species known as homo sapiens. 

Judge Walker, a member of the federal bench determined California voters (all seven million of them) were wrong in their judgement. The judge has declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional and struck it down. That's all I need to know because the energy spent on this issue is a mere distraction from the real pertinent issues that truly threaten our nation. Issues such as the national debt, unfunded liabilities, an ever growing government that curtails our liberties and suffocates our individualism, and illegal immigration.

I say lets keep it simple. Maintain the definition of marriage as it has been understood throughout mankind's existence. Create a definition of  committed gay or lesbian relationships along the lines of, "a union between two consenting adults of the same sex  for the purpose of creating a lifelong and mutually beneficial companionship." Or something along those lines.

Coming from the first state to legalize gay and lesbian unions I can safely say the sky over Massachusetts has not fallen in. Nor has there been any discernible change in the behaviors of it's citizens. Basically life has continued as it was before the courts decision. In short, it is, and should be a non issue. It serves only as a distraction from the really important issues the nation faces.

Now to more pressing matters.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA.


  1. Just wanted to clarify, a ballot measure that passes 52% to 48% is "overwhelmingly supported" by California voters? You make a reasonable enough point here without distorting the facts.

  2. "In short, it is, and should be a non issue."

    I disagree. I think one of the big deals is that Judge Walker completely ignored the Constitution in this ruling, just as the administration is doing with its fight with Arizona and Congress did with Obamacare. In Walker's decision, he completely ignores both the 9th and 10th Amendments, and his decision opens the door to wholesale violations of the Freedom of Religion Clause (e.g., where someone who works in a county clerk's office is fired for refusing to provide a same-sex couple with a marriage license on religious grounds).

  3. Brendan - Obama's election of 53% to 47% was hailed as a landslide. Just a little perspective.


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