A Push to Get Rid of the Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

Finally.  Some gay rights groups have asked the court to strike the anti-gay ballot initiative off of the November ballot.  The reason?  Because it would revise the State Constitution and apparently before that can be done it needs to have 2/3 majority in the legislature before it can go to the people to vote on.  They also argue that allowing the ballot issue would mean that other groups could take away and deny legal process to other groups in the future, based on a simple majority.  The article in the S.F. Chronicle also said this:

The lawsuit also contends that the initiative petitions circulated to voters before the court ruling were misleading because they declared that the measure would make no change in the marriage laws and would have no fiscal impact.

Clearly the people who signed this were mislead (that is, the real people who actually signed it–anti-gay groups keep saying they got 1.1 million people to sign, but the courts have found that 20% of those who signed were invalid signatures). 

Of course, the Alliance Defense League (and I’m sure those Liberty Counsel lawyers too) are having fits.  Well, at least this petition makes much more sense that the petitions to stop gay marriage by the ADL and the Liberty Counsel. 

I don’t have much hope for this, but then again, I didn’t have much hope for gay marriage being allowed by a Republican led majority in the California State Supreme Court either. 

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3 Responses to A Push to Get Rid of the Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

  1. Justin says:

    You know Kevin it is getting kind of scary I think maybe I should leave the research alone.  This sounds to much like your religous groups and Lawyers trying to keep the referendum:
    "The greatness of every mighty organization embodying an idea in this world lies in the religious fanaticism and intolerance with which, fanatically convinced of its own right, it intolerantly imposes its will against all others."
    Yep you guessed it   Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 1 Chapter 12.
    Cannot people see just how close to facist these groups have become?  They want tolerance for thier religions yet they want to deny others of the very tolerance they seek.  They want the right to live thier little ignorant lives they way they please yet want to deny others the same liberty.  Believe me these people in their blind fanatacism to follow with out question are no better than the Brown Shirts and the Waffen SS.  Beware the hound of hell doth sniff the air for the blood of innocence it might take in the name of their G-d. 

  2. Justin says:

    BTW I do hope nad pray that this group is successful in their endeavor to remove this Anti Gay initiative from the ballot.  It is descriminatory and a sorry blot on the anals of democracy.

  3. Kevin says:

    Hey Justin,
    I hope it works too.  I\’m not a lawyer, so I don\’t have a clue what else can be done to stop this.  But a group shouldn\’t be able to create a law that doesn\’t allow recourse.  It is strange that in California it takes 2/3 of the legislature to go forward with the budget, but it only takes a bare majority to change the constitution.  It just doesn\’t seem right to me.

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