“Their rights stripped away”. No, not the gay people whose equal rights the anti-gay Proposition 8 sought to actually strip away, that kind of stripping away of civil rights is fine with Santorum. What’s not fine is when Californians who want to take away other people’s equal rights find that they don’t actually have that right after all. The “activist court” is the one that pointed out that Prop 8:

…serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples… by using their initiative power to target a minority group and withdraw a right that it possessed, without a legitimate reason for doing so, the people of California violated the Equal Protection Clause [of the federal Constitution]

That’s the Constitution that far rightwingers like Santorum claim to hold sacrosanct, but they’d rather it be ignored if it gets in the way of treating certain other Americans as second-class citizens.

You’ve got to admire the chutzpah of, when your attempt to make the law discriminate against other people fails, turning around and pretending that it’s you who’s been oppressed.


PS TL;DR Don’t worry, nobody’s actually proposed a constitutional amendment in California actually taking away Christians’ right to marry.

4 responses to “Breathtaking

  1. “7M Californians”. According to Wikipedia, the population of California is in excess of 37M. So which 7M is he referring to?

  2. Santorum is referring to the 7 million who voted to dissolve every marriage in the state between a same-sex couple. Prop 8 got over the line with 7 million for votes, compared with just fewer than 7 million no votes.

    But of course nobody actually “stripped away” their rights. Well, unless any of them are gay.

  3. One can only hope, of course, that the American voting public does not one day wish for the land of the free to be covered in a thick layer of Santorum.

  4. jordanrastrick

    Here’s a protip from a Christian that Atheists are welcome to use in this debate: Divorce and Adultery are much more clearly denounced in the Bible than homosexuality. So if Christian marriage is to be incorporated into any constitutions, divorce should be illegal, and Adultery a serious offence, If Christians won’t agree to this as a minimum starting point, I’d argue they’re not serious about taking the Bible’s teachings on sex and marriage to be binding.

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