Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Quote of the Day: Kyell Gold on the Prop 8 debate

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No to Prop 8

From acclaimed furry novelist Kyell Gold, commenting on continuing developments in the labyrinthine Proposition 8 case and its supporters’ persistent efforts to try and get it back on the ballot:

I have to agree with [the US Ninth Circuit Court’s] comment that if the people can't defend their own measure, then the initiative process doesn't make a lot of sense. However, the initiative process doesn't make a lot of sense anyway. I'm not sure why anyone thinks that a measure put onto the ballot by a bunch of people who are not trained legislators, which has been declared unconstitutional by a court and which the elected officials of the state refuse to defend, needs to be further debated. […]

But it continues to baffle me, this legal wrangling over what should be a simple issue: the rights of the minority cannot be beholden to the will of the majority. And yet we apparently have to learn this lesson over and over and over again.

Why search for logic and reason in the motives of people who are clearly (and often self-admittedly) driven by zeal, dogma and money?

At any rate, there is little chance that Prop 8 will ever regain prominence, much less be put back on the ballot in the near future. Public opinion is constantly edging towards civil rights, and add in the facts that A) no competent authority wants to touch it and B) those who defended the gay marriage ban thus far have been thoroughly excoriated for having no credible legal (or moral) grounds, and the measure is quite simply rotting on the vine until someone finally decides to strike the festering thing down once and for all.