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California politicians weigh in on Prop 8 ruling

Timothy Kincaid

August 5th, 2010

Unsurprisingly, the Democratic and Republican responses to Judge Walker’s rulings were different.

In the Senatorial race, Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer released the following statement:

This historic decision is a step forward in the march toward equal rights and reflects a growing legal consensus that marriage equality is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Carly Fiorina, the Republican nominee, is quoted by AP as disapproving of the decision.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina says she disagrees with a federal judge’s decision overturning California’s gay-marriage ban.

Fiorina says California voters spoke clearly against same-sex unions when a majority approved Proposition 8 in 2008.

In the gubernatorial race, Jerry Brown – who at Attorney General refused to defend the proposition – released the following statement:

In striking down Proposition 8, Judge Walker came to the same conclusion I did when I declined to defend it: Proposition 8 violates the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry, without a sufficient governmental interest.

Republican Meg Whitman’s campaing, on the other hand, released the following statement:

Meg supported Proposition 8 and believes marriage is between a man and a woman. Meg also strongly supports California’s civil union laws. Today’s ruling is the first step in a process that will continue.

Hunh? A process that will continue?

So everyone has now made their statements. But with California voters so evenly split over marriage and not one breathing fire over the decision, I think it extremely unlikely that Whitman – or even Fiorona – will make gay marriage an issue in their campaigns.

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Tony P
August 5th, 2010 | LINK

I still dislike Fiorina for what she did to Hewlett Packard when she merged Compaq in to HP.

Now I dislike her even more.

customartist
August 6th, 2010 | LINK

Fiorina hasn’t a clear understanding of the powers of the Constitution. Equal Protection reigns supreme over the ballot box.

An interesting historical perspective was found at the Washington Blade contributed by poster Nameless Cynic:

Almost 50 years ago, the California Legislature passed the Rumford Fair Housing Act, which banned discrimination against “colored” renters or buyers. About 2/3 of California voters overturned the Rumford Act when they passed Proposition 14, which, like Proposition 8, amended the California Constitution, this time to say that Californians could refuse to sell or rent to anyone for any reason. Eventually, the Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 14 violated the 14th Amendment, and it didn’t matter if 100% of Californians had voted for it — it was discrimination, and unconstitutional.

So I ask: Will the Supreme Court abandon yet another precedent?

ZRAinSWVA
August 6th, 2010 | LINK

I wonder if Republican Meg Whitman even bothered to read the final ruling?

Timothy Kincaid
August 6th, 2010 | LINK

ZRA,

I get the impression that if a genie gave Whitman a choice between blocking marriage equality and never having to discuss this again, she’d choose the latter. I think, like most heterosexual folk, while she may have an opinion, she really couldn’t care less whether we marry or not.

I mean, “a process that will continue”? Not exactly a statement of outrage.

cd
August 6th, 2010 | LINK

The good news is that neither Whitman or Fiorina will win office.

The Walker verdict comes, by remarkable coincidence, right at the time when on trend California has- at least hypothetically- just reached 50.0% support for gay marriage legalization.

By the next governor election in 2014 support will very likely be past the point where Californians still harbor doubt that there is an enduring majority in favor. That psychological tipping point, when it becomes popularly agreed that It’s Over, seems to arrive when the liberal side of a social issue has reached about 53% support.

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