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Let the people's will, not the courts', prevail on gay marriage

To the editor: In 2000, the state of California adopted Proposition 22, which forbade the licensing of same-sex marriages. In 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that law unconstitutional. ("Supreme Court clears the way for gay marriage in 11 more states," Oct. 6)

In response, Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment against the redefining of marriage, was placed on that year's November ballot. It received more than 52% of the vote.

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Although upheld by the state Supreme Court, federal District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 on Aug. 4, 2010. More than 7 million voters were effectively disenfranchised. This is what is meant by the term "judicial activism."

The way things are trending, eventually same-sex marriage would probably have been approved by voters, a far better way to go about this. What a tragedy to see 7 million votes trashed by an overzealous judiciary.

Now, how sad it is to see the U.S. Supreme Court fail to uphold the will of the people in other states.

Nathan Post, Santa Barbara

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