To the Editor:
As much as polls indicate discontent with elected officials, our constitutional government endures, because it self-corrects.
Our founders allowed for slavery, yet the 13th Amendment abolished it. Women were not granted certain rights, yet the 19th Amendment provided suffrage.
When a state explicitly does something that contradicts the Constitution, the judicial system is allowed to check it. This, for example, has protected civil rights for non-white citizens.
When a federal court struck down Wisconsin’s Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage last Friday, it made the statement that despite nearly 66 percent of voters supporting an amendment to the state constitution, those citizens cannot trample overarching protections by the national Constitution.
Incidentally, new public opinion research indicates that eight years later, a majority of Wisconsin citizens supports same-sex marriage.
It’s ironic that the Wisconsin constitution begins with a declaration of rights that were contradicted by the abridgment voters passed, which extended reach of government into the private lives of citizens, by imposing a traditional, religious view of marriage, despite a guarantee of freedom from religion. ...
State officials should let the decision stand, and move on to more pressing matters.
— Adam Jacobi
628 S. Grove St.
To read the entire letter, see the June 12, 2014 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.