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Statement on Decision of the California Supreme Court

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Statement of Jeremiah G. Dys, President and General Counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, on the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Proposition 22:

“There are 36 million people in California. Eight years ago, 4 million of them voted – 61.4% of the vote – to define marriage as, “between a man and a woman.” On Thursday, 4 Californians defied millions of votes and petitions to redefine marriage.

I have not had the opportunity to read all 172 pages of the court’s decision. But, I did find these two sentences from the majority opinion quite telling:

We cannot find that retention of the traditional definition of marriage constitutes a compelling state interest. Accordingly, we conclude that to the extent the current California statutory provisions limit marriage to opposite-sex couples, these statutes are unconstitutional.

Friends, if marriage is not a “compelling interest” for the state, what is?

What is especially troubling to me, as a West Virginian, is to think that the law the people of California voted to be governed by and that was struck down by judges, mirrors the language of the law protecting our marriages in West Virginia. When judges make law instead of abiding by the laws written by those who put them in office, families are put squarely at risk.

The only solution to affirmatively defend marriage is to amend the Constitution of the State of West Virginia to define marriage as between one man and one woman. We must elect leaders – judges included – who will make the family the first priority. Not an afterthought.”


Written by Jeremy Dys

May 16, 2008 at 1:59 am

Posted in Marriage

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