Posted by: Kathy White | August 6, 2010

What’s That You Say?

Thought I’d excerpt some of the better comments that came via the Chronicle this morning around Prop 8. Also thought I’d go ahead and mock a not-so-savvy writer while I’m at it. Hey, it’s my blog…

I love the last line on this — pretty much says what a lot of us were thinking…

“Banning same-sex marriage interferes greatly with individual lives. The inverse is not true. Even if same-sex marriage were legalized, it would not in any way hinder the rights of individuals to live according to their private morals, whether those morals support or condemn homosexual behavior. You as an individual still have the right to be a bigot.” — L.A. Ning, Hayward

OK, somebody help me with this logic because it gives even pretzel logic a bad name. I’m now an unnatural piece of fruit  — I think. Uh…:

“Thoughts for opponents of Proposition 8: Do you support organic food? Do you support raising things naturally? Do you think that nature and natural function for food and the environment are best? If you answer yes to the above, why do you think something unnatural should be considered OK?” — Jack Everett, Redwood City

More from the logical side of things (in my humble opinion):

“Ms. Gallagher [who wrote an op-ed piece yesterday saying we are not guaranteed under the constitution the right to marry] suggests that the real travesty is the denial of Californians’ right to vote, yet I suspect that, if asked whether 80 percent of Californians could vote to deny a particular ethnicity from say, owning cars, she would concede that the “will of the people” would be irrelevant. She suggests that our Founding Fathers never created a right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution, but neither could our Founding Fathers envision a world where blacks could marry whites.” — Raymond Leung, Philadelphia

And if we need more information on when voters can be wrong:

“I am tired of people praising the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 and using those votes as reasons for keeping the gay marriage ban. We should remember Proposition 14 in 1964, when property owners were allowed to refuse to sell or lease to anyone (at that time, nonwhite). California voters passed Prop. 14 by a vote of 2 to 1. Fortunately, we have the courts. The California Supreme Court and later the U.S. Supreme Court declared Prop. 14 unconstitutional. The voters are not always right. That’s why we have the courts and the Constitution.” — Lorri Ungaretti, San Francisco

Last but not least, the shortest letter seems to be the one that truly strikes at the heart of the debate. Of course, the argument is we never had the right so how can it be taken away? Well, the point is it’s a fundamental right that should have always been ours to have — no vote changes that.

“Concerning the right to marry or any other rights: Simply put, you cannot vote people’s rights away.” — Jimmy Layton, San Francisco

Thanks, Jimmy. Well put.


  1. I thought fruits were male. Now I’m really confused.

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