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Defend all of California's initiatives
Celebrating the demise of California's Proposition 8 is one thing. But many of even the most fervent supporters of same-sex marriage have problems with the way it ended — tossed back to lower courts by the U.S. Supreme Court because the parties defending the law lacked the legal standing to do so. That came about because state officials refused to defend the initiative, saying they believed it was unconstitutional. The claims that this set a precedent for undoing all future voter-approved laws are overwrought — the state's initiative system will survive — but the situation nonetheless needs to be fixed.
July 7, 2013