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I was ten or thereabouts when the Court handed down its opinion in Brown v. Board of Education.  I remember the uproar in the South.  One southern governor said he was trying to raise another Confederate Army.  The governor of Texas threatened to call out the Texas Rangers (whoopee).  The south was solid Jim Crow and the rest of the country was almost as segregated de facto.  But the Court didn't hesitate in striking down "separate but equal" or in pointing out that separate is inherently unequal.  They didn't take a poll; they didn't worry about the voters taking out their fury at the ballot box.  They ruled as they believed the Constitution obligated them to rule.  It was not popular and a few years later, they had to come back with the "all deliberate speed" decision - more emphasis on deliberate than speed.

Protecting the rights of minorities against the tyranny of the majority is never popular and it is never easy, but the plain English of our Fourteenth Amendment and the deepest traditions and ideals of our political system demand that it should be done.

A lot of people, perhaps most people, will object violently if the Supreme Court upholds the right of GLBT Americans to marry the person they love.  It's not going to be easy.  But it's equal protection of the law and that's what the Fourteenth Amendment requires.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:30:55 PM PST

  •  Protecting the Rights of the Minority (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans are already a minority in California (30%) and are fast becoming a minority in the whole US of A.  Does that mean that we have to be considerate and thoughtful in protecting their rights, too?   Even though they've made it a habit of stomping on the rights of others whenever they have power?

    •  14th Amendment (0+ / 0-)

      Doesn't protect political parties nor does it shield persons affiliated with them from being subjected to criticism by their opponents.  What the 14th Amendment does is prohibit States from taking life, liberty, or property from persons or denying them equal protection of the law.

      "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by jg6544 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:28:01 PM PST

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