February 22, 2004

Rule of Law Warning Light II

It looks like California is belatedly realizing that a horrible precedent is being set in San Francisco and will be asking that the city obey the law. One of the things that really sends a shiver down my spine is the idea of introducing "fait accompli" as a principle of law in the US.

The conservative group that lost its bid for a restraining order on Friday had argued that the weddings harmed the 61 percent of California voters who in 2000 supported Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that said the state would recognize only marriage between a man and a woman.

Judge Quidachay suggested that the rights of the thousands of gay and lesbian couples who have traded marriage vows in San Francisco over the past nine days appeared to carry more weight at this point.

Try and take that reasoning and apply it to water rights in the Klamath basin and elsewhere across the West for example and you will see how destructive things can get and rather quickly.

Posted by TMLutas at February 22, 2004 09:15 AM