The California state Supreme Court on May 15, 2008 ruled 4-3 in favor of nullifying Proposition 22, a citizen’s initiative passed in 2000. Proposition 22, which defines marriage between a man and a woman was approved by California voters by more than 60% (Ewers). Within thirty days, the Court’s ruling will become law within the State of California.
The legalization of same-sex marriage has fomented new controversy surrounding the issue of marriage. Currently, same-sex couples can apply for domestic partnerships and still receive the same benefits married heterosexuals receive. Last Thursday’s ruling will allow for marriage between same-sex couples, an issue many religious organizations and social conservatives oppose.
As a proponent of same-sex civil unions, I am disappointed with the state Supreme Court’s majority opinion. The legalization of same-sex marriage politicizes an issue that did not require any politicization. Now, proponents of an initiative calling for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage will have fuel for support of its initiative.
A few weeks ago, a petitioner gave me the opportunity to sign his initiative that would create a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. I chose not to sign his petition because I did not believe it was necessary to “officially” ban same-sex marriage.
Like US Senators Hillary Clinton (D – New York) and Barack Obama (D – Illinois), the two remaining Democratic presidential nominees, I support the idea of civil unions between same-sex couples seeking to publicly declare their partnership.
Marriage, in my opinion, is a sacred union between one man and one woman.
As a Christian, I am offended by the destruction of traditional marriage. I do not believe same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state of California.
As a Democrat, I believe that the rights of all individuals, whether they are gay or straight, should be respected.
Because of this ruling, I will support the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman; in addition, I will support a ban on gay marriage in California. When the constitutional amendment comes on the ballot, I will vote in favor of the initiative.
The California state Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage politicized an issue that did not have to politicized and now California voters will, once again, have to declare their opinions on same-sex marriage.
This opinion was written by Matthew Wong. It was printed in the May 21, 2008 issue of the Temple City Voice. The views of this author does not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice.
Ewers, Justin. “California Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage” US News & World Report Online 15 May 2008.