SR7 Committee Vote Today!

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SR 7 encourages the State Supreme Court to overturn the vote of the people and reinstitute their prior ruling that legalized homosexual marriages. For more information go here

CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY!!

Ask them to VOTE NO on SR 7!!
Vote Can Happen Anytime After 1:00 pm on February 24, 2009!!

Senator’s Name Phone Email Address
Ellen Corbett, Chair (D) 916 651-4010 senator.corbett@senate.ca.gov
Tom Harman, Vice Chair (R) 916 651-4035 senator.harman@senate.ca.gov
Dean Florez (D) 916 651-4016 senator.florez@senate.ca.gov
Mark Leno (D) 916 651-4003 senator.leno@senate.ca.gov
Mimi Walters (R) 916 651-4033 senator.walters@senate.ca.gov

For Senate Judiciary Committee Members Websites and information please go to:
http://www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/sen/committee/STANDING/JUDICIARY/_home1/PROFILE.HTM

Vote No on SR7 and HR5!

When you call and speak with your representatives, here are some points from Capitol Resource Institute that can be used to challenge some of the confusion that exists out there about Proposition 8:

“Prop 8 Revises, Rather than Amends, the Constitution?”

• A revision requires a “substantial change” to the “underlying principles” of the entire constitution. Applying the historic definition for marriage to all citizens equally constitutes a valid amendment.  Article 2, Section 8 of the state Constitution clearly sets forth the initiative process as a valid means of amending the Constitution. Codifying the definition of marriage via Proposition 8 was a proper amendment to the state Constitution.

“Undermines Equal Protection?”

• Equal Protection under the Constitution requires laws be applied regardless of an individual’s characteristics or situation, just as justice is administered blindly. Proposition 8’s amendment applies the definition of marriage equally, to heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals and all legal adults. Proposition 8 is actually the perfect example of a law that applies equally to all citizens.

“Eliminates Fundamental Rights?”

• Proposition 8 does not eliminate a fundamental right for only minority groups. It places the restrictions of marriage on all citizens equally. Just as same-sex individuals may not marry, so heterosexuals may not engage in polygamous relationships. There is also no fundamental right to marriage. That “right” was created by the California Supreme Court when it overturned Proposition 22.

“Violates Separation of Powers Doctrine?”

• Proposition 8 and the initiative process do not “strip the courts” of their constitutional function. In fact, Proposition 8 was a direct response to the California Supreme Court’s violation of the separation of powers doctrine. By striking down a law passed via the constitutional initiative process, the Court overstepped its authority and usurped the powers of the legislative branch and the constitutional initiative process.

Questions to ask:

1. The resolution emphasizes the importance of the separation of powers doctrine, but doesn’t this resolution violate the doctrine by directing the judicial branch’s decisions?

2. How does Proposition 8 violate Equal Protection when it applies equally to all citizens?

3. Why is the legislature spending money on this issue when we are in a budget crisis? We are using taxpayer dollars to overturn an initiative they just passed.

4. Aren’t we defying the separation of powers by even debating this issue when the court will be hearing it next month?


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4 Comments

  1. beetlebabee said,

    February 24, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    See the SR7 hearing live here: http://www.calchannel.com/images/encode_1.asx

  2. Euripides said,

    February 24, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I can’t yet find any news on the vote. I wonder if they’ll turn out to be a bunch of gutless wonders in that committee like the House Judiciary Committee was.

  3. beetlebabee said,

    February 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I’m wondering what happened, the live feed never kicked in. Maybe they canceled the hearing for today?

  4. Liberty Belle said,

    February 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    These are only the committee hearings, the resolutions still have to make it to the house and senate floors for a full vote before it is sent to the State Supreme Court. There’s still time! Call! Email! Make a big stink! Give our family supporting reps your support!


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