Ninth Circuit Panel Says 52% of California’s Voters Don’t Matter
(Harrisburg) – Today a three judge panel of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals declared California’s Proposition 8, the voter referendum banning same-sex so-called marriage, unconstitutional. It will be appealed to a full panel of the Ninth Circuit. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), an advocate for natural marriage, is disappointed by the ruling, but not surprised.
“Homosexual judge Vaughn Walker started this road to the Ninth Circuit back in August 2010 when he presided over a case from which he should have recused himself. It was revealed shortly after the August 2010 decision that Walker has been in a ten year relationship with another man and would benefit from his decision. That decision should have been thrown out then and the case never taken to the Ninth Circuit. Unfortunately, the powers to be in California did not see it that way and we are now facing the consequences of bad decisions made in 2010,” commented Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.
Fifty-two percent of California voters supported Proposition 8 in November 2010. The results of the voter initiated referendum have been negated by the decision today. This is an outrage to all those who support traditional one man one woman marriage not only in California, but around the nation.
“Using the United States Constitution to say the voters of California were wrong in 2010 is ludicrous. Our Founding Fathers never intended for the Constitution to be used to legalize something that was against the law in all thirteen of the states of the newly formed United States of America in 1787,” further stated Gramley.
This decision in California also shows the importance of the voters in Pennsylvania being given an opportunity to vote on HB 1434 – the PA Marriage Protection Amendment. There is an effort across the nation to redefine what marriage is and the children will be the real losers if steps are not taken to protect marriage and family. The battle for traditional marriage and family is all about what is best for children and today’s decision by the Ninth Circuit places the children of California in a dangerous and confusing situation. However, that Circuit Court does not have a history of making good decisions –that’s why it is the most overturned Circuit Court in the land.
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