California courts agreed to hear a challenge to Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage. The question before the court asks if Proposition 8 is an amendment to California’s Constitution or a revision. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that if Proposition 8 is a revision to the Constitution it would mean that the courts no longer had a role in determining if the rights of minorities had been violated.
“Should we go in front of the voters every time there is an adjudication in the courts that we don’t like and submit the rights of minorities to the whims of the majority, based upon the morality of the day?” asked Newsom. “That’s what’s happened here in California.”
Newsom argued, “Well, what’s next? I mean, now, if this is the basis of principle, what other rights should we take away? And is the court powerless in each and every case when the voters by a majority decide to change the constitution, again based upon the issue of the day?”
A full transcript of Mayor Newsom’s interview is available here.
This video is from Fox’s Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 19, 2008.