Response to kiranon (Reply #4)
Fri May 11, 2012, 12:58 AM
happyslug (11,458 posts)
7. Test Case for WHAT?? The protesters were told to leave and did not, then arrested.
That is all the Courts are going to look at, NOT what they were protesting, but that they were told to leave and did not. This was in a Government Building, the government workers had to right to tell them to leave, they did not. That is Defiant Trespass in most states. That they were protesting is NOT a justified reason to commit the CRIME of trespassing. Thus everything but that they were told to leave and did not is all that was and will be all that is considered as far as the arrest and trial is concerned.
During the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, protesters did the same thing, were arrested and convicted and those conviction STOOD. People protest and get arrested, the crime they are charged with is a variation of Trespassing, causing a public nuisance or other threat to the public (Such as not being able to get into the Government Building).
Now, do to the actual protest, people heard of the protesters and what they were protesting for. That is the main purpose of any Civil Disobedience. NOT to have a test case to show something is illegal, but to bring to the attention of people what the protesters want to change.
George Wallace did the same type of illegal protest at the door of the University of Alabama. NOT to be arrested, but to show his opposition to integration. In the actual situation Wallace stood aside when given the Federal Court Order to leave the African American students in, as he had agreed to do before he even started the protest. The purpose of his protest and his speech "Segregation now, Segregation forever" was to show his opposition to integration, not to force a court case on that issue. The same here, these protesters are NOT trying to get a court case on homosexual marriage, but to bring it to the attention of others (just as Wallace did with his stand on the University of Alabama's steps).
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