Yesterday, the judge and lawyers assembled in the courtroom at 8:24 a.m. Pacific Time to debate, and ultimately decide, upon the rights of same-sex couples to marry. The case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, resulted after a “majority” of California voters decided that the judicial granting of equal marital rights to same-sex couples violated their sense of… uhm… of… well, ego.
Since the trial started (and even before) we’ve heard the opponent’s of equality claiming that the majority spoke and such majority rule must be honored. In fact, the news keeps repeating an annoying little phrase whenever they talk about the case, referring to Proposition 8 as a “voter approved” measure. Unless the manipulation of the vote allegations are true, then “voter approved” measure and “majority rule” are correct terms to use when referring to Proposition 8. It is true that a small majority of voters decided to approve a measure that would stop recognizing a civil institution for some of the population.
Those that voted in favor of Proposition 8 have been bemoaning activists against the discriminatory measure and argue that, in a Democracy, majority rules. Opponents of Proposition 8 retorted that majority rule over a minority results in tyranny (among other things), and that if majority had ruled with respect to interracial marriage, 90% of Americans would have denied the right based solely upon the race of those wishing to enter into marriage. In other words, Barack Obama, being a mixed race man, would not be allowed to marry Michelle Obama, being that she is not mixed race if “majority” had ruled rather than the Supreme Court (presuming, of course, our President even came to being).
But that’s just a little clarification to bring us up to date. The majority spoke again last week with regard to the televising of Proposition 8. In fact, according to the Courage Campaign, 138,574 people, at Judge Vaughn Walker’s request, provided their vote with respect to the televising of the trial. Of the 138,574 votes, 138,542 supported the trial being televised, 32 opposed. (Note: The “for” votes do not include those that sent letters or called outside of the petition hosted by the Courage Campaign and CREDO Action, thus the numbers “for” televising the trial are likely substantially higher).
Those that have been arguing for majority rule lost… BIG TIME. Unfortunately, in spite of this loss, the trial is not being televised. The losers (those not in the majority) petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the televising of the trial. The Court is set to rule tomorrow based upon the law – not the “majority opinion.” Oh the hypocrisy.
So, today’s stupid thing people say about gays is, “majority rule.” While not specific to LGBTQ people – it certainly is applicable in this instance.
[Another Note: The column, Stupid Things People Say About Gays (of which this post is part of) uses the term “Gay” inclusively. It’s always been so and will always be so. jaysays.com and all of its contributors strive to be fully inclusive and leave no freak behind. More Stupid Things People Say About Gays can be found here.]