So the California Supreme Court decided to strike down the state’s anti-gay marriage law and already some pundits are claiming it will make gay marriage a campaign issue. Which is fine, I suppose, because it puts John McCain in a rather awkward position:
John McCain, the GOP nominee-in-waiting whose position on the issue rankles the Republican Party’s conservative base, sought to strike a delicate balance to the Thursday ruling.
He “supports the right of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution sanctioning the union between a man and a woman, just as he did in his home state of Arizona,” his campaign said in response. “John McCain doesn’t believe judges should be making these decisions.”
McCain rejected the will of the state’s high court even as he tried to maintain his long-held stance that the issue should be left to the states. He suggested that he backs an effort by California’s religious conservatives to put a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman on the November ballot.
From where I’m standing the issue of gay marriage is clearly one of the suppression of the rights of a minority based on their sexual orientation and as such Supreme Courts should not only be making decisions on the issue, but should be making the same decisions as the courts in California and Massachusetts. Michigan, unfortunately, is one of the states that put their anti-gay bigotry right into our state constitution, but I hold out hope that we’ll get around to reversing that decision before too long.
Link sent in by an SEB reader who didn’t provide a name, but thanks for sending it along just the same.