Debating Gay Marriage After the Prop 8 Decision

By nullifying nearly 7 million Californians' votes, Judge Walker has forced the issue, says Peter Roff.

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Last week U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California's Proposition 8--which bans same-sex marriage--is unconstitutional. By nullifying the votes of nearly 7 million Californians, Thomas Jefferson Street blogger Peter Roff says Walker's decision has forced the question of whether gay marriage is good for America. But it has also raised concerns over governmental abuse of power. "The debate over gay marriage is, for some, a case in which government policy is being misused as a way to secure popular validation of a lifestyle to which some people, on moral grounds, strongly object," Roff writes.

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