Wednesday, November 18, 2009
As a transplanted Californian (My folks came west in the early days of WW II) I used to come to the defense of my adopted state. Recent events made me ashamed to call myself a Californian however. It was not just that we elected an action movie hero to run one of the ten largest economies on the planet. It wasn't even the annual spectacle of a dysfunctional legislature that cannot timely pass a state budget that had me so upset. It was this Proposition 8 thing that caused me to look for a break in the housing market so I could try to sell my place and move to a place that still believed in individual freedoms and equal justice under law.
The California Constitution used to be a source of pride for your humble servant, since it included even greater protection for some individual freedoms than did the federal Constitution. Then my fellow citizens of California amended their document to embed a definition of marriage favored by the Religious Right in the supreme law of the State. As a result, a disfavored minority is now denied equality of opportunity under law in California. What could we have been thinking of?
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