Sunday, January 29, 2012

Newark Mayor Booker Blasts Proposed NJ Gay Marriage Referendum

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ, stated his strong opposition to Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal of a state referendum on gay marriage. Booker made a powerful case against the civil and legal rights of minorities being subject to a popular vote. Watch:



Booker: We should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote… No minority should have their rights subject to the passions and sentiments of the majority. This is a fundamental bedrock of what our nation stands for. …I read the 14th Amendment clearly. It talks about equal protection under the law. And that was never something that should go out to a popular vote, whether blacks, women or other minorities should [have] equal, first-class citizenship.

4 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Frankly, it bothers me that we are still discussing this non-issue. Show me any deterioration of societal values in any state that accepts marriage equality. This should be the final word: What right do I have to even comment on your choice of a partner in life?

Kat Parks said...

Exactly! Equal rights for ALL Humans, no matter what the demographic pigeon-holes people create.

"Separate but Equal" NEVER is equal, it is only separate, devisive, and flat wrong, no matter which moral excuses can be found.

The code of ethics I was raised by state that All Humans are equal, all humans are individuals and each individual should be treated with respect for their individuality. Now, why can't every child be raised by that same code of ethics??? Sigh....

Jeff Tone said...

Well put, Kat! One of the best ways to inculcate such ethics in children is to change the laws to reflect equal rights for all. That way, children are raised under new societal norms. This is a struggle that must be waged until all are treated equally.

Jeff Tone said...

Michael: I'm reminded of the expression, "Can I Vote On Your Marriage?" We both live in a state where gay marriage is now the law. Has it had any adverse effects?