Thursday, March 5, 2009


"Rights are ultimately defined by the people," said Kenneth Starr, attorney for Proposition 8 proponents. (SFGate)

Um... I'm sorry, but a little document known as the Declaration of Independence would disagree with you:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The point of a right is that it is NOT defined by the people. It is something a person is entitled to just because they are a person. Whether you believe the "Creator" is God, or the Universe, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a right does not come from the people. It comes from simply being. A right is untouchable by the people. A right is a right.

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