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We were taught in the voting process, "The majority rules", but does it REALLY?

This isn't about gay rights but I'm going to use the proceedings in CA as an example for the question (s) I have. In CA, the vote was to ban or not ban gay marriage. The majority voted for the ban, which decision was then over-turned by a judge. I was always taught that in cases of a vote, the majority rules, period. Apparently that no longer holds true if the group who didn't get their way hollers loud enough. So is it a good idea to over-turn the vote of the majority? If so, under what conditions? How far will things like over-turning a majority vote go? If one can look forward to a majority vote being over-turned, why bother with the voting process at all, why not just put everything through legislation and leave the people out of it all together? What other decisions by the majority could be over-turned in the future? Please keep in mind, this is NOT about gay rights, it's about whether or not the voting process is and/or is, going to remain relevant. Also keep in mind that there are a great many things that can easily be made into a human, civil rights issue.


Asked by meriana at 12:20 PM on Jun. 16, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No. Ever hear 'the squeaky wheel gets the grease'? And yes, money rules. Sometimes the money is also paired with religion. Two of the most dangerous things are money and religion. I only say religion because you used gay marriage in you example, and most tend to use the Bible as their main/only excuse as for why gay marriage or gays in general is/are wrong.
    But, as for voting in general, I really wonder if our votes matter at all anyway. Really. Sometimes I don't think they do at all.

    Answer by Raine2001 at 6:11 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • The majority isn't allowed to break the law, even if they are the majority. Things like that are overturned in courts because they are illegal, just like biracial marriage bans were overturned even though a majority thought they were a good idea at the time.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:34 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • We live in a republic not a democracy. Majority does not rule.

    Answer by Carpy at 2:55 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • Money rules. Whatever the outcome of a vote, the one with the most money will win in the end.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 12:26 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • You know, the whole protect the minority from the tierney of the majority

    The whole (majority) doesn't protect the minority from the majority...our three branch republic protects the minority as well as curtailing abuse by the majority. The judicial can throw out abusive and non-constitutional legislation of the legislature and the executive branch over-reaching. The executive branch appoints these supreme court justices with approval of the legislature. This form of democracy, a republic unique in history, has the greatest protections against abuse and tyranny known as checks and balances. Even during the voting process, the wisdom of the Founders is evident with their electoral college that ensures every citizen has a voice and not just those congregated in densely populated cities, they foresaw the possible tyranny of the minority living rurally by the city concentrations.

    Answer by annabarred at 1:37 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • People have no business voting on others rights


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:38 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • Money rules. Whatever the outcome of a vote, the one with the most money will win in the end.

    Well, except California Gov race and a few others.....


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:36 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • You know, the whole protect the minority from the tierney of the majority


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:39 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • Rights should not be up for a vote- very slippery slope.

    Interesting that prop 8 was basically financed by the LDS church and many contributors were citizens living in UT.

    Op it appears you're taking an "it's not fair" approach...if you really think about it, short circuiting another's rights really isn't fair.


    Answer by Sisteract at 12:47 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • Agree with NP.I do not approve but as adults we all make our own we will all answer for our own choices.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:52 PM on Jun. 16, 2011