ruled in favor of marriage equality in her state. She stated, "It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed. Historically and traditionally, that power belongs to the states, and to the people. If society wants to recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, that decision should be made through our elected representatives or at the ballot – not the courts." Jan Brewer is wrong.
"States' rights" is the same argument that was used by segregationists in their resistance to full civil rights for African Americans. Rights, however, are inalienable; they are a legal matter that cannot be decided by popular vote. Further, minority rights must be protected from the tyranny of the majority under the principle of equal justice under the law. No one reasonable today would consider putting interracial marriage up for a vote. Voting on same-sex marriage is equally unjustifiable. Same-sex marriage can only be decided in the courts-not through a ballot. Arizona apparently has a governor who doesn't understand this.