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Justin Tobin , Published February 18 2012

Appeals court ruling on Prop 8 appalling

I am appalled by the federal appeals court decision to usurp the power and will of the people by striking down Proposition 8, which defines “marriage” as the union of one man and one woman. The people of California spoke clearly at the ballot box that they do not want the institution of marriage tampered with. The ruling makes me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is determined by a handful of activist judges who operate not with gavels but with hammers and sickles.

Homosexual acts are abnormal. There is no gay gene. Not surprisingly, same-sex marriage has a profoundly negative impact on the welfare of children. A large body of social scientific research indicates that children thrive best with a mother and father who teach them gender identity and sex role expectations. This was the conclusion of a committee of the French National Assembly, which recommended, in January 2006, that France not accept same-sex marriage due to its detrimental effect on children.

We need a president who will work to ensure that our judges are not guided by power but by the will of the people as stated in the U.S. Constitution.