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Mailbag: Aug. 23

Judge misrepresents purpose of marriage in Proposition 8 ruling

Openly-gay Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court, in Northern California’s decision to overturn the voter approved Proposition 8 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman in California, slices at the jugular of true democracy. His 138-page ruling is nothing more than an exercise in rationalizing without thinking rationally. He bases his conclusion primarily on his ability to divine the “”discriminatory intent”” of California voters when casting their votes for Prop. 8 — leaving out the possibility of his own pre-conceived bias as a gay man.

Walker’s ruling illustrates that he does not understand the essential public purpose of marriage, which is to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to one another. He replaces this public purpose with private purposes of adults’ feelings and desires.

It’s time to put a stop to judges who redefine our most fundamental social institutions and use liberal courts to obtain political goals they cannot obtain at the ballot box.


— Kevin Tait,

Phoenix, Ariz.


Comments from

On “”Building from the ground up””

Sounds and looks like an awesome new addition to the campus!

But sad that only those select few who have the desire and time availability to be in the Honors College will be allowed to experience it.

In the end, we all get a four-year degree folks.

— Travis

On “”Life off the grid has its benefits””

I just deleted my account a few days ago (after e-mailing select friends and letting them know, while providing an address and phone number to reach me at) and I don’t regret it at all. I actually feel a bit more at peace and have spent my Internet time reading blogs and articles instead of logging in Facebook. I commend you for the decision and this article!

— Laura

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