Letter to the Editor

Sworn to uphold

San Luis ObispoSeptember 27, 2013 

All government officials, members of the military, as well as immigrants being naturalized as new citizens take an oath which in part states that they will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The history of Proposition 8 in California illustrates the dangerous outcome facing citizens when the chief executive of the state refuses to defend a legally passed constitutional initiative. When Proposition 8, defining marriage only between a man and a woman, was challenged in federal court, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to defend it, even though that was his constitutional, sworn duty. Subsequently, the Supreme Court ruled that the parties who tried to defend it lacked standing to argue the case. People were left without representation.

Contrary to common belief, this decision did not approve homosexual marriage. It said, “sorry, since your governor refused to defend the properly passed initiative amending the state constitution, nobody can stand here in his place.” It eliminated peoples’ voices and representation and left them naked.

Similarly, Barack Obama has decided unilaterally not to support certain laws, such as immigration. Which leaders can we trust to uphold their sworn, fundamental duty to support and defend the Constitution?

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