One of the things that aggravates me the most about the fact that same-sex couples’ right to civil marriage has been put to a vote of the majority is that such votes violate one of the basic tenets of a republic form of government, under which this country was founded.
I found this information at albatrus.org to illustrate what I mean:
“A democracy is majority rule and is destructive of liberty because there is no law to prevent the majority from trampling on individual rights. Whatever the majority says goes! A lynch mob is an example of pure democracy in action. There is only one dissenting vote, and that is cast by the person at the end of the rope.”
And then this:
“Our Constitutional fathers, familiar with the strength and weakness of both autocracy and democracy, with fixed principles definitely in mind, defined a representative republican form of government. They ‘made a very marked distinction between a republic and a democracy and said repeatedly and emphatically that they had founded a republic.’
“A republic is a government of law under a Constitution. The Constitution holds the government in check and prevents the majority (acting through their government) from violating the rights of the individual. Under this system of government a lynch mob is illegal. The suspected criminal cannot be denied his right to a fair trial even if a majority of the citizenry demands otherwise.”
Did you get that? A republic “prevents the majority from violating the rights of the individual. Under this system of government a lynch mob is illegal.”
As far as I am concerned, the people who voted to pass Prop 8 in California â€“ and the amendments in Arizona and Florida and Texas and everywhere else they have passed â€” are a lynch mob using their power to override the Constitution and deny me my rights.