Posted by Sue, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm
Why is this even an issue??? It was voted on and the people voted for what they wanted. Why even vote if everything we vote on it going to be questioned. If there were questions, they should have been BEFORE the election, not after.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Dec 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm
fortunately, the USA has a system in place to manage diverse opinions...people have a legal right to disagree and our courts accomodate the rights of citizens...that is what makes the USA a GREAT COUNTRY...VIVA AMERICA! VIVA! GORA!
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm
Sue, the issue being decided by the court is whether basic constitutional rights are being violated by the DOMA and other initiatives including Prop 8.
You could put an initiative on the CA ballot to make free speech illegal, and it might pass, but it would never pass the judiciary. In that case, the will of the people is trumped by law. The court is deciding if gay rights are something that are guaranteed by the Constitution. If they are, then the vote of the people one way or another is meaningless.
Posted by Will of the people, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm
Sue, it is an issue because the will of the people is not always the correct one. If it was, slavery would have been legal in the Southern states years after the Civil War, These states would have also kept "separate but equal" as the law of the state several years after it was thrown out by the Supreme Court.
Posted by Peter G., a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:50 am
50 years from now we will look back in embarrassment about this whole issue. As far as I'm concerned, marry your same sex partner, your brother, your cousin, your hamster, your toaster or your new 80" LED/LCD flat panel display. If that's what floats your boat & keeps you off the street then go nuts people. You see the sooner we can take these ridiculous social issues away from the whack-a-moles (i.e. christian right) the sooner we can begin to address the REAL issues that face this country.
It is NOT about all things associated with your uterus and it is NOT about who you do the horizontal mamba and lay down at night with. It's about national defense, protecting American jobs, promoting our economy & exports to the world, domestic energy production and ending dependence on foreign oil, keeping LA from ever getting another NFL team and finding a way to send Justin Beiber to Guantanamo Bay.
Posted by Allen, a resident of the Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks neighborhood, on Dec 5, 2012 at 10:23 am
I can't believe that with all the problems that we face in our society we are still giving this issue top billing. Marry your horse your cow, your refrigerator, you love your car, find a minister that will unite you and get on with it. How about solving real problems.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Dec 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm
This is also about respecting our system of laws. It's about understanding that even though we don't all agree, that there is a place for differences of opinion to play out and to be ruled upon in a court of law.
Sometime a legal process needs to play out. If you can't wait, make coffee!
Posted by Raymond , a resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood, on Dec 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm
If you can't beat em', council em'. I look at this as a just another huge opportunity for lawyers, paralegals and their ilk to expand their legal offerings to now offer same sex divorces and other legal functions once only relegated to married men and women.
Mocking something almost always guarantees proof of concept.