Good News from the California Libertarian Party Executive Committee Quarterly Meeting

Dear Brian Miller;

Unless sanity prevails the governor will also veto this bill like he did the last one because the will of the people said marriage is between man and woman. Proposition 22 which people love to quote as the fundamental statement went down to defeat with these types of numbers.

Proposition 22
On March 7, 2000, the people of California voted on Proposition 22, a proposal to enact a state "Defense of Marriage Act" as an initiative statute. The text of Prop 22 reads:
“Only marriage between a man and a woman
is valid or recognized in California.”
Proposition 22 was ratified by an overwhelming majority of California voters, prevailing by a 23-point margin. Statewide, 4,618,673 votes were cast in favor of the proposition, comprising 61.4% of the total vote. Opponents garnered 2,909,370 votes, for 38.6% of the vote.

What this always leaves out is the fact that at the time of the ballot vote there were 30 million adult Californians. With some 7.6 million voting and only 4.6 million approving and 3 million disapproving what about the other 23 million Californians?

Are Californians to be held to the tyranny of the 50% plus 1 without regard to the other 23 million who did not get to vote or were disenfranchised?

While buttonholing the governor is a good idea counter arguments need to be included to the - that's the vote of the people - bushwa.

Or better yet a constitutional amendment to say civil laws can only be approved with a 2/3's vote of all registered voters and tax laws approved with a 3/4's majority of all registered voters.

BTW: 15 million Californians are registered to vote although some 20 million are eligible and of course there are the other 10 million other disenfranchised because of inane registration requirements. Universal sufferage it ain't.

Ron Getty
SF Libertarian