Thursday, August 5, 2010


"Cardinal Francis George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, decried the August 4 decision of a federal judge to overturn California voters' 2008 initiative that protected marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“Marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of any society. The misuse of law to change the nature of marriage undermines the common good,” Cardinal George said. “It is tragic that a federal judge would overturn the clear and expressed will of the people in their support for the institution of marriage. No court of civil law has the authority to reach into areas of human experience that nature itself has defined.”

I've got a whole bunch of disagreements with the USCCB but, when they do the right thing I gotta give 'em credit. California will have to take care of its own problems. How this issue, which rightly belongs in the states, got before a federal judge is beyond me. The federal government does not regulate marriage laws; the states do. So beyond the basic moral problems addressed by the Bishop this is also a problem of federal overreach into areas that should be reserved to the states. This has nothing to do with protecting rights guaranteed by the constitution, such as the overturning of state laws during the civil rights era. This is federal intrusion into the states, pure and simple.

So what's next? Will we have to go to the fed for our drivers licenses? What about fishing licenses or permits to work on our houses? Is everything going to be controlled from Washington? I believe that the states, and through them the people, will become completely subservient to Washington if they don't stand up to it. California needs to tell the judge to kiss off and dare the fed to do anything about it. It owes its citizens that much at least. Otherwise, just hand the keys over to Washington and be done with it.

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