Ryan and Mike slapped around the California-style ballot initiative process as well as the recent state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Unlike the elaborate and intentionally difficult initiative process in Massachusetts, California’s is enough votes to get on the ballot and a 50% plebiscite for laws or amendments. That tends to emotional decisions without any brake or refinement from the savvy, as well as unfunded mandates that can slow or cripple the government.
We can’t know yet what will happen if a vote to define marriage as one-man/one-woman gets on the November ballot and if it passes. Meanwhile, many worlds are atwitter â€” progressives, anti-marriage equality and anti-gay forces, other states struggling with SSM or civil unions, as well as the larger GLBT communities.
Ryan noted too that this is suddenly competition for tourism dollars if the California SSM ruling holds. We’d suddenly be an also-ran instead of the marriage Mecca.
Back here, we still have work to do. This includes dumping the 1913 laws that forbid marriages here that wouldn’t be legal in another state. It means pushing our federal legislators to gut or overturn the federal DOMA. It means safeguarding SSM here against the inevitable new assault.