California Proposition 22

I am not religous. I am not gay. I am not a lawyer.

What I am is an ordinary American who would like to share a few words with you from a little document we like to call, "The U.S. Constitution".

Article IV, Section 1: Full faith and credit shall be given in each State to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other State...

What this means, dear friends, is that any contract that is lawfully entered into in any State MUST be recognized as valid and binding by every other state. It's not negotiable, it's simply the Constitution.

Now, how does this apply to California's Prop 22, the Knight Initiative? Do I even need to answer this question?

For the sake of fleshing out this editorial, I will. What the Knight Initiative proposes is that California pass legislation that would prohibit the recognition of same-sex unions performed in other States as valid and legally binding. We have a word for this, "Unconstitutional." (Article IV, Section 1...remember?)

As I said, I am not religous, I am not gay, and I am not a lawyer. Nor am I a psychic, but I can tell you with absolute clarity what will happen with Prop 22:
  1. Voters will pass it, because it's still ok to hate gays.
  2. Lawyers will appeal it, because that's what lawyers do.
  3. Millions of taxpayer dollars will be spent, because that's apparently what taxpayer dollars are for.
  4. The first meaningful court that it crosses will slap it down like a hyperactive chihuahua at dinner time, because you can't just ignore the Constitution.
  5. Voters will once again feel as if their opinion doesn't count, because it doesn't.

Fellow voters, please! Vote "No" on Prop 22. It's illegal, it's unconstitutional, it's a gross waste of time and money, and it's just plain wrong!

Dave Lind
Associate Editor
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