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Thank you Justice Carlos R. Moreno, the CA Supreme Courts lone dissenter on Prop 8
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Justice Carlos R. Moreno, in the lone dissent, warned that today's ruling "places at risk the state constitutional rights of all disfavored majorities."

"It weakens the status of our state Constitution as a bulwark of fundamental rights for minorities protected from the will of the majority," wrote Moreno, the court's only Democratic appointee.

In my view, the aim of Proposition 8 and all similar initiative measures that seek to alter the California Constitution to deny a fundamental right to a group that has historically been subject to discrimination on the basis of a suspect classification, violates the essence of the equal protection clause of the California Constitution and fundamentally alters its scope and meaning. Such a change cannot be accomplished through the initiative process by a simple amendment to our Constitution enacted by a bare majority of the voters; it must be accomplished, if at all, by a constitutional revision to modify the equal protection clause to protect some, rather than all, similarly situated persons. I would therefore hold that Proposition 8 is not a lawful amendment of the California Constitution.

Justice Carlos R Moreno, from the sole dissenting opinion on Prop 8
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  -Thank you Justice Carlos R. Moreno, the CA Supreme Courts lone dissenter on Prop 8 book_worm  May-26-09 02:50 PM   #0 
  - I wonder if we're going to get a lecture about stereotypes in this thread.  Renew Deal   May-26-09 02:58 PM   #1 
  - Amen Justice Moreno!  Hepburn   May-26-09 03:00 PM   #2 
  - Absolutely right...this was a no-brainer...the equal protection clause is violated by this...  joeybee12   May-26-09 03:00 PM   #3 
  - K&R  EFerrari   May-26-09 03:03 PM   #4 
  - Thank you Justice Moreno n/t  MountainLaurel   May-26-09 03:03 PM   #5 
  - I could see this coming  nichomachus   May-26-09 03:03 PM   #6 
  - You mean Ken Starr?  book_worm   May-26-09 03:13 PM   #8 
     - The very same  nichomachus   May-26-09 03:14 PM   #9 
  - Thank you, Justice Moreno.  bigwillq   May-26-09 03:08 PM   #7 
  - Thank you, Justice Moreno.  Maat   May-26-09 03:18 PM   #10 
  - " The equal protection clause is therefore, by its nature, inherently countermajoritarian."  jobycom   May-26-09 03:32 PM   #11 
  - That's nice...  BolivarianHero   May-26-09 03:33 PM   #12 
  - I am happy that Justice Moreno voted the way he did, but I'm angry he was the only one.  ColbertWatcher   May-26-09 03:36 PM   #13 
  - Thank you Justice Moreno!  jesus_of_suburbia   May-26-09 03:38 PM   #14 
  - K & R! And thank you Justice Moreno!  robertpaulsen   May-26-09 04:03 PM   #15 
  - K&R  HOLOS   May-26-09 04:45 PM   #16 
  - k & r  rhett o rick   May-26-09 11:16 PM   #17 
  - Yes, thank you  Nikki Stone1   May-26-09 11:31 PM   #18 

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