(This is a post I made in that thread, but I don't believe it will receive as much fanfare as the first few pages of that thread, so I decided to
make a whole new thread in order to flesh out the argument being presented here.)
(Now I'm not certain as to WHY the OP decided to make an example of the gay rights movement; but I can see the argument.)
I think a lot of you are missing the point being illustrated here. Which is to say that the Democratic system can be manipulated.
And BECAUSE it can be manipulated, it is flawed. -- Along with the fact that if the Democratic process IS implemented accordingly then, by default, it
would infringe upon our rights.
If the Majority says you can't get married because you are gay, and the government upholds that, you are being discriminated against.
The example being drawn is that while a majority OPPOSES it, the minority is winning. Which, if you look at the bare comparison, DOES ignore
democratic process. It sheds the win to the minority. Similar to how the healthcare bill got passed, regardless of the fact that majority voted
Not to say that there is anything wrong with being gay; but the point is that this undermining of the democratic process could be used as a form of
easing people into the concept of having the majority rule overthrown. Basically on any issue.
You get it now?
I mean, I personally believe democracy is horse****. Gays have their rights written right into the constitution. Everyone is created equally.
But the main thing here is how MINORITY RULE is trumping MAJORITY RULE.
If nothing else ... it IS unDemocratic. If a movement supported by the minority wins ... it shows Democracy is a lie. If a movement, such as the one
being discussed, loses ... like it has been losing in many places, it shows that Democracy can be used to infringe upon our rights.
Lol, but like I said, **** democracy. We can do much better than that, imo.
[edit on 24-6-2010 by SentientBeyondDesign]