Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prop. 8 Hearings Kick Off Today

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments today in challenges to Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in November that declares marriage to be between one man and one woman.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), notes the Prop. 8 battle was the voters' response to the state Supreme Court's legalization of homosexual "marriage."

"This is a very important case in that it's not only involving whether or not homosexual marriage will be forced upon the people of California, but it's really a question of whether or not democracy itself will be preserved," he explains.

Californians, Dacus adds, have clearly declared their view of marriage -- more than once. "The people of California have twice gone to the polls, twice have defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and this last time they amended the state constitution," he points out. The other vote Dacus is referring to was in March 2000, when voters in the Golden State approved Prop. 22.

In a PJI press release, Dacus says the court will consider an argument from homosexuals that Prop. 8 was not a valid constitutional amendment but merely a revision. If the court rules against the people, he believes California voters will have one choice left: to recall justices that vote for homosexual marriage.

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