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You can't vote away civil rights

In the Aug. 26 L.A. Times, there was an editorial by George Skelton of Sacramento titled, “The state doesn’t have to back Prop. 8 – but should,” Mr. Skelton states that since Prop 8 was voted in by a majority of the people as a law, than the present Gov. Schwarzenegger and potential future Gov. Brown should support it, since it is their duty to support laws as well as the wishes of the voters.

I perceive the main premise of this argument to be false. First it is unconstitutional to vote away civil rights. Prop 8 should never have been permitted. The U.S. Constitution takes precedence over any majority public opinion. It guarantees equal rights to all, not just the popular.

No law should be supported if it discriminates against a group. If Prop 8 stands, it is the same as being able to vote against interracial marriage in the South in the fifties. Do you want the Governor to enforce a prejudice or discriminate because majority opinion rules? I don’t. I want equal rights for all.

The Supreme Court ruled Prop 8 to be unconstitutional. That is the truth and that is what should be supported. It would be wrong for the Governor to support or enforce a prejudicial, discriminatory and unconstitutional law simply because the majority of the people want him to. In this case, majority does not rule.

Christine L. Assad

 

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