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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Is There Any Question At All What Is The Right Answer?

I have not closely followed the "Prop 8" trial in California, what arguments were made and how they were presented.  But it doesn't take a close following because, simply, there is little to no reason at all to prohibit marriage between two consenting adults.

If you don't believe me, just ask the ONE and only witness called by the attorney trying to defend Prop 8, which legislated hate and discrimination - witness David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, who testified for the defense as an expert on marriage.

Blankenhorn, during cross-examination, admitted that children of same-sex marriages may be better off than children of heterosexual marriage and that legalizing same-sex marriages would benefit them even more.

But perhaps Blankenhorn's most telling remark: "We would be more American on the day we permit same-sex marriage than we were on the day before."

The Proposition 8 trial began in January with 12 days of testimony, primarily from the four plaintiffs and their experts on such subjects as psychology and the history of marriage.  The plaintiffs were represented by former Solicitor General Theodore Olson and lawyer David Boies, who came to prominence in 2000 when they represented presidential candidates George Bush and Al Gore in the Florida election recount case.

In his closing argument, Olson argued that the time was right to end discrimination against gays and lesbians who want to marry, comparing the case to the 1967 Supreme Court decision finding it unconstitutional for states to prohibit mixed-race marriages.

Fourteen Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1888 establish marriage as a fundamental right protected by the Constitution, Olson said, and every American should have the right to marry the person of his or her choice.

As the one and only witness for Prop Hate, I mean 8, said - "We would be more American on the day we permit same-sex marriage than we were on the day before."

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