For those who haven’t read about it:
I think this is a disgrace, not because homosexuals are getting “married,” but because they are doing it in clear violation of the law in California. Do the clerks/civil servants who are carrying out these “marriages” have any respect for the rule of law?
I support state recognition of same sex unions and believe that for almost all rights/responsibilities/privileges, they should be considered “equal” to heterosexual marriages. However, the goal of state recognized same sex unions should be reached through normal and legal processes. In my opinion, this issue should be solved by legislatures, courts or possibly by referendum, not by civil servants or lower level elected officials who must perform their duties according to state laws that they have no powers to interpret or change. Other states are handling this issue through their courts or legislatures. As far as I know, the folks in San Francisco have had no luck (or have they even tried?) with promoting their agenda in either the courts or the legislature, so it seems that they just decided: “oh, who cares, fuck the law.”
Some people have compared this to civil disobedience during the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. I don’t think this comparison holds water. In this situation, government officials have broken a very clear law. They should be sacked/removed from office. I keep reading and hearing homosexuals saying that “separate but equal is not acceptable.” Well, sure it’s not acceptable, but that doesn’t even apply in this situation. How can one use the word “equal” to compare heterosexual and homosexual unions (or whatever you want to call either one of them)? The inherent nature of the two types of unions makes them forever different, and not just in social or cosmetic ways such as skin color. Straight couples can have kids naturally, homosexual couples cannot. Children are arguably better off being reared by a mother and father rather than two homosexuals (all other things being equal). Decisions need to be made about when hetero and homosexual unions are “equal” and when they should be treated differently. These decisions should be made in legislatures and/or law courts, not by mayors who think they should have the power to make or interpret state laws.