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Should any person's or group's civil rights ever be put to a popular vote?

Why have some groups of people had to fight for the same rights other groups got automatically?  Is it fair that often the people who vote on the civil rights of others already have said rights?  


Asked by redheadbluesoul at 5:58 AM on Dec. 2, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No, our country isn't supposed to be ran like that for anything. That is a democracy, majority rule. We are supposed to be a repulic.

    Just after the completion and signing of the Constitution, in reply to a woman's inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created, Benjamin Franklin said, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
    Not only have we failed to keep it, most don't even know what it is.

    A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the Constitution). A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs (the public good).

    Answer by JackieGirl007 at 4:17 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • No. Civil rights aren't a popularity contest.

    Answer by SWasson at 7:53 AM on Dec. 2, 2012

  • Depends on what you consider a civil right. Laws can be made and changed about all sorts of things.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:15 AM on Dec. 2, 2012

  • No, amendments to laws concerning civil rights have never been voted on before. And, the issue of gay marriage rights really is more of an interpretation of the law, which should be handled by the courts. But, yet, things keep getting put on the ballot.  


    Answer by 3libras at 11:44 AM on Dec. 2, 2012

  • What is your definition of civil right?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Dec. 2, 2012

  • No one should have the right to vote on anyone's civil rights, specially those who enjoy them, and prevent others from having the same rights.....

    Answer by older at 6:44 PM on Dec. 2, 2012

  • is this about marriage, because all cultures, even secular cultures have a definition of what marriage is. As far as can someone get married despite what their culture says is another matter. Just because the state may not recognize someones union doesn't mean they still can't marry. They can have their own ceremony and do what ever they want. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:12 PM on Dec. 2, 2012

  • if the govt is going to be involved in something and give out perks, then there should be no voting on who is allowed said benefits.

    there was no popular vote to free the slaves, to give women the vote, to stop segregation, etc...and thats the way it should be.

    Answer by okmanders at 11:08 PM on Dec. 2, 2012

  • No

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:26 AM on Dec. 3, 2012