Prop. 8 supporters' grievances legitimate

I'm happy the Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples must be treated equally under the law, yet I'm alarmed by their decision on Proposition 8.

The court could have refused to take this case, but they chose to take it and then ruled that the Proposition 8 proponents had no standing. This wasn't an "easy way out" of the gay marriage controversy; it was a specific decision to limit citizens' access to the courts.

It follows the American Express v. Italian Colors decision a week earlier, which also limits citizens' access to the courts by banning class-action suits against corporations.

While I disagree with Proposition 8 proponents, their grievance was legitimate. They initiated and promoted a ballot measure that won, but then was not to be implemented, nor defended in court, because the governor and state attorney general didn't agree with the outcome.

And now the Supreme Court has ruled that Proposition 8 proponents don't have standing. Who, then, could have standing? Imagine a similar situation with the politics reversed. It's undemocratic.

Bruce Joffe

Piedmont

Court does not have power to make call

There is one absolute truth that outweighs mere man's decisions and that is God ordained marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Nine black-robed judges do not have the authority to redefine the sacrament of marriage just as they do not have the power to legalize murdering babies in the womb.

Connie Clark Benson

Hayward

Court should not overrule the people

The people of California rejected gay marriage twice in the ballot box, as well as in almost all of the states where it's been put to the vote of the people.

Therefore, the degenerate elements of the society should know that their ways are not acceptable to most of the population.

It's really revealing how the democratic system works when five judges, or the degenerate assembly members in Sacramento, led by Speaker John Pérez, have more weight than the vote of millions of people.

In addition, Barack Obama sent a clear message to the Supreme Court about what he expected the vote to be.

The human race will, eventually, weed out the degenerate elements from its midst, and the rule of nature will be restored.

Leo T. West

San Leandro

Constitutionally, the court got it right

According to the Constitution, I have to agree with the Supreme Court's decision concerning Proposition 8. Morally, I disagree on the basis that marriage is the union of a man and woman not between same-sex couples.

Please, media, we have had enough of professional athletes proclaiming they are gay and enough pictures of same-sex marriages. Let's take a break.

I wonder how our Founding Fathers would have viewed same-sex marriages. The 21st century is vastly different from the 18th century.

Robert V. Beaudreau

Fremont

God is being kicked to curb by decision

The Supreme Court should not have been involved with the California Proposition 8 matter, nor should the California courts have been involved.

The pursuit of equality for gays has nothing to do with marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman. A woman and a woman, or a man and a man, is not equal to a man and a woman, and never will be.

If gays want equal rights in matters of law, health care, etc., they should pursue the domestic partnership route and get those rules and rights changed, and leave the sanctity of marriage alone.

It saddens me to see God being kicked to the curb because of political or material matters. It also saddens me to have my elderly parents witness these events in the twilight of their years.

Mavis Sonnier

Walnut Creek

Religion cannot trump civil law

The Supreme Court made the correct decision on same-sex marriage but for the wrong reason.

The marriage license is a civil license, not a religious license. The First Amendment was violated by Proposition 8. Religious conservatives and a foreign state proposed and backed Proposition 8 to enforce their religious believes on Californians.

The United States trusts in God but not religions. When religious law trumps civil law, there is anarchy.

God bless America and the Bill of Rights.

Charles N. Wilkins

Fremont