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August 4, 2010

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Heritage: Judge Overrules Calif. Voters on Prop 8

Washington, D.C., Aug. 4, 2010—The Heritage Foundation released the following statement by Charles A. (Chuck) Donovan, senior research fellow, on today’s ruling by a federal judge legalizing same-sex marriage in California. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8, the amendment to the state constitution approved by voters to protect marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Donovan , who researches and writes about marriage and family issues in the think tank’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, said:

“The court’s ruling is not surprising, but it is still shocking when a single federal judge claims so much power. Judge Walker signaled from the beginning of this case that marriage itself was on trial and that the views of most Californians – and the wisdom of millennia – would not prevail in his courtroom. Higher courts should do what he chose not to: Respect the workings of democratic institutions on this issue.”

Go here for Donovan’s more detailed analysis of the ruling on Heritage’s Foundry blog.

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