Friday, February 20, 2004

Some interesting links...

Bill at WalloWorld has some good comments regarding my discussion with Ed regarding Constitutional Rights. Check his post titled, Outlawing Sneakers.
Whether we utilize the word "penumbra" or not (as Justice Douglas did in crafting the "right of privacy" in Griswald v. Connecticut), the truth remains that we have to be able to tie our "rights" to some enumerated principle, and a law - whether a bad one or not - is only unconstitutional if it either (a) is outside Congressional power or (b) infringes upon a recognized right.
Keep interrupting my discussions Bill! Schwarzenegger: Gay marriage licenses illegal -
San Francisco's city attorney Dennis Herrera said his city and county are "going on the offense"... Herrera said the city's case will assert that the state law banning same-sex marriage goes against California's constitution because it violates the equal protection and due process clauses. Schwarzenegger's statement said California citizens generated, and passed, Proposition 22 -- the marriage law -- and it will be defended.
Bush 'troubled' by same-sex marriages -
"I have watched carefully what's happening in San Francisco, where licenses were being issued, even though the law states otherwise," Bush said. "I have consistently stated that I'll support law to protect marriage between a man and a woman. Obviously these events are influencing my decision."
Potential backlash? Rep. Frank opposes gay marriage effort -
"I was sorry to see the San Francisco thing go forward," said Frank, an openly gay congressman from Massachusetts who shared his concerns with fellow Democrat and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom before the city began marrying gay couples last week. In an interview with The Associated Press, Frank expressed concern that the image of lawlessness and civil disobedience in San Francisco would lead some in Congress to support a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Update: Also check Totem to Temple's Conversation with an ‘emergening’ Christian.

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