A Civil Rights Victory

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LOS ANGELES -- The federal judge’s decision on gay marriage grants recognition to the importance of civil rights in the debate over Proposition 8, according to an editorial in La Opinión. Editors echo the judge's decision that there are no legal arguments to justify the discrimination embodied in Proposition 8.

"Our society has no place for legalizing personal prejudices," editors write, "or imposing others a given set of religious values."

This is not the first time an initiative approved by the majority of Californians was declared unconstitutional by the courts. The same thing happened in 1994 with Proposition 187.

Editors recognize that those who voted for Proposition 8 must feel frustrated. But, they argue, "the basis of democracy is a government of the majority that respects and protects minority rights."

The case could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority. But while the final result is unpredictable, editors write that one thing is certain: Yesterday, "a blow was dealt to discrimination and marriage triumphed."