By Senator Tom Harman, Published in The Sacramento Bee, December 4, 2010
The ballot initiative process is direct democracy in action and a vital mechanism empowering California voters to change the laws we live by. As an expression of the people’s will, initiative statutes should be shown deference by California’s elected officials and zealously defended when challenged in our courts. California voters deserve that much.
A prime example of direct democracy under siege involves Proposition 8—the voter enacted initiative defining marriage solely between a man and a woman. Whether one agrees with Prop 8 or not, the fact remains that a majority of voters supported its passage at the polls. Backed by seven million voters, Prop 8 deserves an ardent defense by its proponents and the Attorney General, as does any other initiative passed by voters and then challenged in court. (read more)