As the San Francisco Castro District enters into party mode celebrating today’s ruling as a validation of the constitutionality of same sex marriage, this claim could not be farther from the truth. Today’s ruling has much more far reaching effects, than anyone realizes. The ruling has the potential to impact, even the celebrators, in ways they could have never imagined.
The result of this ruling in a nutshell, states that “The People”, in this case, grass roots activist and 52% of voters, that passed a constitutional amendment, have no right to stand for it in appeal of a challenge when the government mandated by the vote of the people refuses to stand up for the process.
This is a far reaching decision that will very likely come back to haunt the American and California voters in the future.
Voting on a constitutional amendment has always been the standard in our history as the people’s power to stand up and change government standards. It is the last democratic right of the people to change the basis of governing in our republic. If the people themselves have no right to stand in defense at the SCOTUS level of our check and balance system, then, our last democratic right to effect change on a government that is going against the popular vote of the people is no longer valid. Many will say that this represents tyranny as the founder of our country fought and died for.
I am not saying that an amendment such as California’s Prop 8 would still pass if it was voted on today, but I am saying that whatever constitutional amendment voted on by the people and passed in the future now has the same limitations if the Government of the people refuse to stand for the people who voted for it. Please people after you are done celebrating the victory, lets please stand together and change this loss of liberty and democracy for all of the American people. Our ability to democratically change our government and stand for our vote as a people must be upheld for all.