Friday, June 15, 2007

Massachusetts lawmakers spur complaints

[Image: People protesting lack of marriage vote]Massachusetts lawmakers decided to throw out legislation that would put a gay marriage ban to vote. The decision has had a mixed response. Some applaud it as a civil rights victory, while others frown upon it as a circumvention of democracy.

But what is this decision? Our constitution at work. The constitution says:
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States [...]
The people complaining are those who would like to use their majority status to trample the rights of the minority. I have already seen the effects of such votes. In Michigan, they put it to vote, and gay-marriage was banned. I applaud Massachusetts for protecting the minority.

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