2009年05月27日

意外や意外…でもないのか?

"California Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/26/AR2009052600363.html

保守系勢力もなかなかやるのね。そういえば、連邦最高裁判事に初のヒスパニック(系女性)が指名されたそうな。こちらはそれほど意外でもないけれど。

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Challengers to Proposition 8 contended that under the equal protection clause in the state's constitution, a majority of voters are not allowed to revoke equal rights intended for everybody.

Specifically, they argued, that kind of change is a "revision," not an "amendment." The distinction is important because revisions require two-thirds approval in the legislature and then a popular vote. Amendments can be approved by a popular vote only.

On Tuesday, the court held that Proposition 8 did not qualify as a revision. Among the reasons, the court noted that Proposition 8 does not -- with the limited exception of a "marriage designation" -- infringe on other aspects of a same-sex couple's constitutional right to establish an officially recognized and protected family relationship, or to equal protection of the laws.

The court also noted that there is no authority to support the claim that California voters cannot pass a measure that diminishes a state constitutional right, even if that right has been interpreted and applied in court. Previous amendments have done just that, the court noted.

ふーん…。
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