Minnesota themselves, and not activist judges or politicians, decide how our
state will define marriage in the future."
I was wondering when this argument would hit the opinion page. Bill and Casey
Warren from Minneapolis made this argument in the Winona Daily News opinion page today. What they are really saying is that rather than have a continuing and evolving discussion about civil marriage, they believe our founding documents - which can only be changed by a long and arduous process - should restrict the rights of other people to their own myopic and bigoted view of humanity.
The real strength of the American democratic system is that questions of human liberty are always open to discussion. As a society, our answers can always be refined and improved.
Scare tactics, such as the use of the term "activist judges or politicians" and phrases like "substitute their values for those of the people of Minnesota" only serve to distract from the real issue and that issue is that Bill and Casey don't want us to talk about this topic. They want the discussion ended - in as permanent a way as they can envision (That's why the "vote yes" people declined to participate in the LWV forum in Winona this week.)
Politicians do the will of the people. If they don't, they eventually lose their jobs. Judges form opinions based upon the questions that are brought to the courts. If the people who are bringing the questions don't like the answers, then they need to be asking different questions - perhaps of themselves.
Just because a judicial opinion is not what you want it to be does not make the judge who formed that opinion "activist."
You see, the Warren's argument is not about democracy. It's about control.
It is clear why the Catholic Church - and a big pot of its money - are behind this amendment. The Catholic Church is not comfortable with democracy. It would rather control the people - from the top down. That's why the "sheep" metaphor has worked so well for the church for thousands of years. Well, there are a few of us Catholics who are "black sheep." We are not buying the church's arguments. My wife and I have "come out" and are actively working to prevent the passage of this amendment. Interestingly, many white sheep in the Catholic Church have privately expressed their support. They may soon become the "silent majority" of church members. While their fleece is not turning black, the black mark on their ballots will certainly be in the "no" box.