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June 6, 2014
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Letter: Rights of voters are violated when courts reverse the will of the people

If judge rules, then why vote?

It’s a big setback for democracy when one U.S. district judge, Michael McShane, can change what we, the voters, took to the polls to set in place in 2004. It took one stroke of this judge’s pen to undo the will of the people. I find it very distressing to see this happening in our beautiful state.

More than 15 states have set aside the voters’ will in the matter of a ban on gay marriage. I see the glee and thrill some of our society exhibit at this one judge’s ruling. I do wonder, but not too much, how they would feel if something they hold dear was just thrown away. Would they feel like I do, that my voice isn’t being heard?

I am not a racist, a homophobe or a bigot, but I am a very curious person. Can someone please tell me how in America this one judge overruling the will of the people can continue to happen? Some have said the May 19 ruling was a great day for Oregon. I say it’s a sad, sad day. Voters’ rights are being undermined. Do we even wonder that voters are not taking the time to exercise this wonderful privilege?

Someone has said, “Stop the insanity.” I concur; stop it now, or don’t be surprised when more rights are taken away.

Mona Bly

Roseburg


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