Eugene Robinson’s assertion (column 8-6) that the California judge’s ruling against Proposition 8 strikes a blow against bigotry misses the point altogether.
Proposition 8 was not passed because of bigotry against the homosexual community but in defense of legitimate marriage. Voters rejected not the people but their actions. There is a big difference.
One of the judge’s arguments against Proposition 8 was that it was based on moral grounds and therefore is unconstitutional. Isn’t the Constitution largely based on morality, a belief in right and wrong? Do we not have laws against murder, robbery, perjury, etc.? These are moral issues.
In order to make today’s evils more palatable, we have given them other names. We call homosexuals gay. Abortion is called choice. Gambling in now gaming.
No, we are not bigots who would deny marriage to those of the same sex. We also deny marriage between family members, to animals and to more than one spouse.
Besides, homosexuals do have the same right as everyone else to marry. Marriage is between one man and one woman. The right to marry, like all rights, has its limitations.