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sincerity of purpose vs sophisticate sycophants
the promulgations of proposition 8
by scott patrick humphrey

The decision by the California Supreme Court concerning Prop 8 is a disparaging one; to say the least. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Prop 8; it was a ballot proposition in California that was passed then protested during the 2008 general election.

The proponents of proposition 8 argue that exclusively heterosexual marriage is “an essential institution of society”. I would argue that equality under the law is a fundamental Constitutional right, as well as being an essential institution of society. Why, at this point in our existence, do we still have the need to oppress the rights of certain minorities? As a society and as a species, we would be in a better place if we could all come to terms with essential human quality that there should be equal rights for all; period.

Yet these divisive issues are continually tossed out into the fray in order to keep us occupied with tearing each other down; not paying attention to the issues that affect our collective lives on a grand and global scale. These same issues prevent us from coming together on a local level as well; through cohesive community organization and participation by all members of the community.

Chief Justice Ronald M. George stated in his opinion that proposition 8 “carves out a narrow and limited exception to these state constitutional rights, reserving the official designation of the term ‘marriage’ for the union of opposite sex couples as a matter of state constitutional law.” This interpretation of Constitutional rights is unacceptable.

As a poor token of reprieve from this oppression of basic rights the opinion states that the proposition did not “entirely repeal or abrogate” the right to a protected relationship.

If the underlying rights of property and union are not going to be undermined by this proposition; why the importance of keeping the crusade afloat over semantics? This is an exercise in divisiveness; pure and simple.

There was one dissenting opinion delivered by Justice Moreno; he stated: proposition 8 means “requiring discrimination” which he states “strikes at the core of the promise of equality that underlies our California Constitution” and “places at risk the state constitutional rights of all disfavored minorities.” This is the true sliding scales that measures and protects the values of our society; not the supposed degradation of the sanctity of “marriage” because we allow all human beings regardless of color, creed, or sexual orientation to participate in and adhere to its institution.

Purely for the discourse of discussion; I would like to point out that over 50 % of all heterosexual marriages end in divorce. If this is the standard that society should measure itself from, I suggest we re-examine the values that brought us here; we might do better by ourselves in that respect. My hope is that we can move beyond this issue to include our collective right to happiness and binding protection under the law. Those are ideals I believe we call be proud of. Don’t you think we’re ready?


A post modern culture enthusiast with a penchant for radical thought. I am very close to becoming a Theatre and English teacher here in New York City. I have Bachelors degrees in Theatre and English and I am completeing a Masters in Secondary Education. I most certainly believe we live in a hyper-real non referential world which none the less holds a great amount of hope and mystery for me. Lets tease this thing out and see where it lands.

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scott humphrey
5.27.09 @ 2:59p

The last sentence should be : Those are ideals I believe we can all be proud of. Don't you think we're ready?


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