State legislators violated constitutional trust

Thirty years ago, voters began to affirm that marriage is between a man and a woman. (Before that, no one even thought to ask the question.) Time and again, the courts threw these votes out. Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s statement was especially telling: “The evidence shows conclusively that (CA) Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that same sex couples are inferior to opposite sex couples.” He observed that many Proposition 8 supporters were motivated by their religious convictions, which should not be allowed to govern public law. With that ruling, Judge Walker threw out 6,000 years of common law and tradition and found that views of people of religion are unworthy of legal consideration.

In 1998, the people of Hawaii, fearing the courts, amended the constitution. ” . . . the Legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.” Unlike judges, legislators must face the voters. Last October, in special session, they violated our constitutional trust and removed all legal distinction between sexes. They should have let the people vote or left marriage as a Christian sacrament by using another word. Instead, they made marriage an oxymoron – a contradiction of terms.

Rule 5: To destroy a society, make it ashamed of itself. Tell churchgoers they are sexist and prejudiced. Tell Americans they are classist, racist, oppressors and, of course, unexceptional. Rule 11: Eventually, they will believe you.

I am the Republican candidate for Upcountry House. My positions are on Vote for Pohle: Vote against the oxymoron.

Richard Pohle