Defend Oregon Measure 36
An Oct. 31 guest editorial claims Oregon voters should roll over and admit defeat to judicial review of Measure 36, by which the majority of our electorate amended the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The writer’s rationale is that Oregon will save money by not defending this law and he contends that there’s a growing trend to accept homosexual marriage as a fate accompli throughout the country. He opines that 12 other states including California and Washington have or were forced by judicial fiat to accept homosexual marriage, so Oregon should follow suit. The writer also contends that the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law, further buttressing the argument for Oregonians to accept homosexual marriage.
To contest this opinion, I’d argue that:
1. There are 50 states in the union (despite Obama’s claim of 57) and the 12 that allow homosexual marriage represent only 21 percent of the union, a clear minority.
2. Like many state governments, Oregon has and continues to waste taxpayers’ money on frivolous projects like wave energy, expansion of Route 20 from Newport to Corvallis or the implementation of the Oregon DHS K plan. I’d think that since taxpayers pay the bill for all state programs, it’s only fair that the state government defend Measure 36, which passed with a majority of the electorate.
3. The 14th Amendment guarantees that no “State government shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.” Under the U.S. Constitution, all law emanates from the people. In Oregon, the people have spoken, the majority passed Measure 36, homosexual marriage had its day in the court of the people and lost. It’s time to move on.
R. Scott Morris