Ahnold's decision in CA - Journal of Omnifarious
Sep. 8th, 2005
10:32 pm - Ahnold's decision in CA
I've seen a lot of people both for and against the decision to veto the gay marriage bill in CA. All of them seemed bent on upbraiding Arnold for not upholding their political agenda, or praising him for upholding it. Not one seemed to in any way address the content of his reason. I consider it a symptom of the depths to which political discourse in this nation has fallen that this is the case.
But, a friend of mine wrote an excellent letter cautioning him on his decision, the text can be found here.
I find it interesting how many see this battle as being the ultimate battle for gay civil rights. IMHO, the real battle for these kinds of civil rights is fought in the minds of the people, not in the legislature, and not in the judiciary. No matter what you convince those two bodies to do, if the people don't agree with you, you will still be beaten up, hanged, made fun of, what-have-you. It will all still happen, and it will be quietly supported by society because really, people don't agree that you should have these rights.
Now, I don't believe in the rule of the majority. And I think that people deserve these rights. But I think many are utterly foolish to believe that a battle won in the legislature or judiciary really means anything useful as far as what rights they will have on the streets.
Law reflects the will of the people, and if it doesn't, its ignored or the government is overthrown. You can't use law as a shortcut to the hard work of changing people's minds.