By Tom Quiner
Judge Vaughn Walker says no. He’s the judge in California who struck down Proposition 8 which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The openly gay jurist said; “A private moral view that same-sex couples are inferior to opposite-sex couples is not a proper basis for legislation.”
It’s not? Since when?
Why have we passed capital punishment laws? On the basis of morality.
Why do many, including me, oppose capital punishment? On the basis of morality.
Why did many fight for the passage of ObamaCare? Because they believe healthcare is a fundamental moral right.
Why did so many oppose ObamaCare? Because the inclusion of abortion is so repugnant to the moral sensibilities of the majority of Americans.
Why did 45 states make abortion illegal prior to Roe v Wade? On the basis of morality.
Why do liberals demand unfettered access to abortion? On the basis of women’s “reproductive health”, a moral issue in their eyes.
Why have we passed minimum wage laws? On the basis of morality.
Why is pedophilia illegal? Morality.
Why is torture illegal? Morality.
And the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman is certainly not private. It has been the basis of public policy of every nation, of every civilization, of every religion, of every culture in recorded human history.
Are homosexual couples inferior to heterosexual ones? That’s not even the point of proposition 8. The point is all about definition. Society defined marriage accordingly to protect women and their children from commitment-wary men. It was in the best interests of society. Marriage was not defined on the basis of the “relationship” between the partners.
At the foundation of American government is morality. Judge Walker says that is no longer acceptable, unless it is his private morality, that is.