Monday, September 03, 2007
“…with a capital ‘T’ and that rhymes with ‘G’ and that stands for ‘Gay!’”
Last week an
In the words of the True North blog…
If there was to be an amendment on the ballot to approve gay marriages in
, there wouldn't be a snowball's chance in hell of its passage; in fact, Iowans passed a law to preserve marriage as a legal and social contract between one man and one woman… Iowa
With one decision and a few strokes of a pen, an Iowa judge decided that he, himself knew what was best for Iowa, and struck down the voter-approved and instituted legislative ban on same-sex marriage; in effect, telling the vast majority of Iowans to take their sensibilities and "stick it where the sun don't shine."
Of course, this has implication for
There is a solution; a constitutional amendment that doesn’t define marriage, but takes it out of the hands of the courts. Basically something like ‘The definition of marriage shall be made by the citizens of
This could be an electoral winner for the GOP. This proposed amendment doesn’t say what marriage should be, only that the people, not the courts, will decide. That’s a popular stance that properly frames the correct relationship between, and the limitations of, the branches of government on this issue. It’s a shame that something that should be so obvious would have to be spelled out so plainly. And I’d like to see the DFL oppose it.
In Wisconsin, the amendment backfired on Republicans - it brought out black voters who otherwise would have stayed home - and they voted for the amendment, and voted for the democratic governor. The amendment also brought out students who strongly opposed this amendment - and they ended up electing more democrats in the state legislature.