Freedom at war. Sounds like a Fox News segment, an expose’ on how the limitations on leaded gasoline make the Democratic party Marxist evil-doers that want to enslave you. But for the most part, it’s real right now.
While the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments regarding the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, freedom is, in essence, at war.
Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage in California, is the epitome of censorship. It says that while you are entitled to your particular opinion, a particular class of citizens cannot act on it in the same way that another class of citizens can. It’s despicable in so many ways that there are no words that can adequately describe how I feel about it.
Nearly as disturbing was how the bill was written.
A “yes” vote was meant to support the ban, though it was designed that way to confuse voters who don’t read the ballot thoroughly before checking boxes. African-American voters favored the bill by 70 percent and Hispanic voters came to a near split, with 53 percent voting “yes” and 47 percent voting “no”. A “no” vote meant the vote was against banning gay marriage.
That’s similar to voting for Obama in the same 2008 election year by checking the box next to John McCain.
Many voters who supported the ban sided with their faith over the Constitution.
Leviticus 20:13 uses strong language regarding the topic.
“If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.”
The most liberal state in the U.S. voted down a ballot measure to legalize marijuana on the same ballot, surprising many. Ironically, there is a separate translation to the Leviticus verse above.
“If a man lies with a man as he would with a woman, they should both be stoned.”
If that isn’t irony, then there is no irony. But government is bound by the Constitution. And the Constitution is all about freedoms. Freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. The 13th amendment was passed through congress in 1865. Women received the right to vote in 1920 with the 19th amendment. African Americans are finally a large part of mainstream America. But somehow we are just now getting to a legitimate discussion about same-sex marriage. It’s become pretty evident that the evolution is a slow process.
With an expected ruling not until July, it’s really a waiting game for the American public, but Scalia and company have an obligation to the Constitution and the people of the U.S. to overturn the ruling.