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Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 2:00 am

Regarding the letter by D. Grant Bigelow On Aug. 15: While Mr. Bigelow’s ability to navigate a dictionary is impressive, he may want to bone up on his civics. The United States is not governed by a carte blanche majority rule. We have a Constitution in place to mitigate the potential for a tyranny of the majority that protects our citizens’ basics right. In case I’ve lost you, listen close... this is where the gay rights come in. Judge Walker, (whom by the way, was unable to be confirmed under Ronald Reagan because he was presumed to be too conservative due to his insensitivity to gays... a little interesting sidebar), recognized that a certain group of citizens was being discriminated against in an unconstitutional way, and said (and I’m paraphrasing), “Sorry kids... You can’t do that. Even if the majority of you think that Adam and Steve shouldn’t have the right to marry, they are protected citizens so what you think really doesn’t matter. You can’t vote their rights away.”

It’s that simple.  The majority cannot vote away the rights of another group that are guaranteed under our Constitution. Not morality... civics.

Amanda Fleming, Queen Creek

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