In a 6-1 ruling yesterday, the California Supreme Court voted to uphold Proposition 8, which amended the state’s constitution so as to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman. This concludes the Golden State court system’s adjudication of the proposition; however, a federal suit by a group called the American Foundation for Equal Rights appears to be in the offing.
It’s ironic that secularists will accuse traditionalists of being hung up on sex, when they are the ones who cannot stop talking about it and reducing it to the stuff of entertainment — and legislating on it.
At the University of Notre Dame, opposition to the granting of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to commencement speaker Barack Obama, president of the United States and the nation’s most prominent proponent of abortion “rights” and embryonic stem-cell research, was intense, both within and beyond the borders of the impressive South Bend campus. The invitation sparked a nationwide controversy that resembled, in some ways, a family quarrel.
The “gay” marriage bandwagon stalled in New Hampshire yesterday when the state’s House of Representatives balked at adopting legislative changes requested by Governor John Lynch to expand exemptions for religious organizations and associations. Lynch said he will veto same-sex marriage legislation recently passed by both the House and Senate unless the changes he seeks are adopted.
Chances are no one predicted 36 years ago, when the Supreme Court ignited a culture war with its Roe v. Wade decision, that “Jane Roe” would one day be arrested while participating in an anti-abortion demonstration at the University of Notre Dame. But then, no one could have predicted, either, that the nation’s most celebrated Catholic university would be conferring an honorary degree on the most thorough-going defender of abortion “rights” ever to hold the office of president of the United States.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch said yesterday he will sign legislation to establish same-sex marriage in the Granite State, but only if the state’s lawmakers enact safeguards to ensure religious organizations will not be legally required to participate in or provide services for “gay” weddings.
First, let me establish my geek street-cred by admitting that this 40-something man did watch the new Star Trek movie solo. Of course, I only did this because I was on assignment for The New American. It was all in the line of duty. If I had been given more time to plan, I would have gone to the trouble of finding a buddy or two to go along with me (and we’d sit in the threater with that “I am not a homosexual” empty seat between us). The missus is not a sci-fi fan, and it was a miracle that I could get her to attend (and actually like) the original Spiderman movie. I can push my luck only so often.
Publicity surrounding the arrest of former ambassador Alan Keyes and 21 other demonstrators for trespass at the University of Notre Dame last Friday will likely bring more demonstrators to the South Bend campus to protest Sunday’s commencement address by President Barack Obama, one of the protest organizers said.
California still has its wildfires, but New England now has “gay marriage.” Bills establishing same-sex “marriage” have now been passed by legislatures in five of the six New England states, with the juggernaut somehow missing (so far) only tiny Rhode Island. In Iowa, meanwhile, the state Supreme Court recently struck down a law limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman, thus opening the door to same-sex “marriage” in the Corn Belt.
There is an unidentified group of good Samaritans prowling the streets of Philadelphia these days. PhillyBurbs.com related on April 13 how Joanne Pingor of Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania, met one of these kind and generous people when her car broke down.