Friday, July 05, 2013
Proposition 8, known informally as Prop 8, was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008 California state elections. The proposition was created by opponents of same-sex marriage in advance of the California Supreme Court's previous ruling in In re Marriage Cases" which legalize same-sex marriage, overriding the statute (Proposition 22 in 2000) by ruling it unconstitutional.
The very thing we rebelled about in the Revolutionary War--taxation without representation. It is like the Senate of the U.S., which has only two representatives for each state, regardless of size or population, instead of like the House of Representatives, where the number of representatives is determined by the population of each state.
There the House can counterbalance the Senate and can nullify anything the Senate does, if it doesn't like it. No law can be passed, no money appropriated for anything--without the consent of the House--the true representatives of the people. Is no longer truly representative as it should be, because in the first place, it takes a rich man to be able to run for such an office, and it takes a long-time resident of any state or country to be able to register to vote. The voting process is made so difficult that only the most determined manage to be able to use it--usually those with some political log to roll; largely property owners, or again, the rich, as opposed to the poor; longtime resident property owners, as opposed to the shifting, migratory, labour force.
Ted Rudow III, MA
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