Denying voters’ rights?
07/13/2014 7:00 PM
07/11/2014 8:54 PM
In light of last year’s U.S. v. Windsor Supreme Court ruling that states have the “historic and essential authority” to regulate marital relations within their borders, and the federal government should not disrespect this authority by ignoring state’s marriage laws, plaintiffs’ claim to a constitutional “right” to homosexual “marriage” is untenable.
Florida voters, including plaintiffs, got the chance to rule on the issue of marriage in the historic 2008 elections that ordained marriage as the union of one man, one woman.
Those disagreeing with how Florida voters ruled, can always gather the required number of signatures and let Florida voters decide again in a democratic election. What they cannot do is to come around, nearly six years later, and ask one judge to throw out 8 million votes.
Yes, rogue judges in other states have denied citizens their constitutional rights. But does this justify the possibility of Judge Sarah Zabel denying Floridians due process, equal protection and voter rights?
Wasn’t Florida’s attorney general clear when she informed Zabel that she is legally bound by the Windsor ruling and, therefore, precluded from overruling the will of Florida’s voters? Surely Zabel doesn’t think she’s above the law, does she?
Anthony Verdugo, founder and executive director, Christian Family Coalition Florida, Miami