Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, has ordered a stop the the gay marriages being performed in San Fransisco by San Fran mayor Gavin Newsom.
From an MSNBC Story:
Schwarzenegger’s directive to Attorney General Bill Lockyer Friday was prompted in part by the judge’s decision not to impose a temporary restraining order that would have halted San Francisco’s weeklong parade of 3,175 same-sex weddings, said Rob Stutzman, Schwarzenegger’s communications director.
“Our civilized society and legal system is based upon a respect for and adherence to the rule of law,” Schwarzenegger wrote in a letter to Lockyer. “The City and County of San Francisco’s unfortunate choice to disregard state law and grant marriage certificates to gay couples directly undermines this fundamental guarantee.”
Whether you believe in gay marriage or not, the issue here is rule of law. California law, as stated by Prop 22 says that Marriage is between a woman and a man. Any other marriage is unlawful. But that is not really the issue here.
The issue is that Gavin Newsom does not have the right to issue marriage licences any more than he has the right to issue gun permits. Both gun permits and marriage licenses are issued by the state. Any permit offered by any other juristiction is nulll and void. Issuing such permits is a felony. Just imagine the outrage if a similarly minded civil disobedient issued gun permits, or exemptions from State income taxes. He has no legal authority. It would be an outrage.
Liberal groups cried foul when Judge Roy Moore refused to remove his Ten Commandments plaque in Alabamba after a court order and state law. In line with the law he was defrocked, and the commandments plaque was removed. Secularist groups were happy that the “rule of law” was followed.
Where are the same groups now? Are liberal activists the only ones who are allowed to break the law in civil disobedience?
In my opinion, Gavin Newsome should be arrested, and impeached. His disdain for the rule of law and for the will of the majority of Californians is deplorable. It would send a clear message to law breakers if this law breaker is taken out of city hall in shackles.
Rule of law must prevail. Order must be upheld. If the courts overturn Prop 22, and gay marriage is alllowed, then couples wishing to marry can then go through the proper channels to obtain such a permit.
If that’s the way it goes, then that will be the law. But until then, the law on the books must be followed.
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