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North County Times Provides Confusing Editorial on Prop 8

Timothy Kincaid

October 20th, 2008

The editorial board of the North County Times (a newspaper with circulation of about 95,000 serving Northern San Diego County) has taken a libertarian stance on marriage:

We believe the California and federal governments should not be in the business of defining marriage, especially not in an era with societal views on sexual orientation in flux, and that government should leave the definition of marriage to individual faith communities to determine.

This would allow government to deal with all civil unions or domestic partnerships without regard to sexual identities or religious traditions, and allow equal rights for all.

Defining marriage is something we believe is best left to the individual and the faith communities.

Based on this position, they then say

Vote your consciences on Proposition 8.

Wait. What?

There is no neutral stance on Proposition 8 for those who favor libertarian ideals or seek to reduce governmental interference. This amendment would introduce beuorocratic intervention into the lives of individuals and their bodies of faith, inquiring as to the make-up of the couples, approving some and denying others.

If one truly believes that the State has no business defining marriage, one cannot in good conscience support an amendment that does just that.

North County Times joins the Modesto Bee as the second paper with a “vote your conscience” position.

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Samantha Davis
October 20th, 2008 | LINK

They’re just too spineless to pick a side so they run an editorial that says one thing and then follows it up by saying “do whatever.” Total cop out.

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