I agree that judges should not impose their belief systems upon the law. However, I feel they should interpret the law with intelligence.
Agreed. However, I think that most judges do interpret with intelligence. Since they are human, they will always have some personal bias, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they do their jobs, in general, very well.
And by having rogue judges rule for or against gay marriage without input from the state is wrong.
You could say that they already have the input from the state in the form of the state laws on whatever subject they are ruling on. Since this is all about gay marriage, I'll use that as an example. In the state where I go to college, North Dakota, there was a referendum passed in this election that ensured that gays would never have the same marriage rights or benefits as straights, no matter if it were through marriages or civil unions (which is basically in my mind saying that gays are below straights, and thus is to me absolutely abhorrent, but that's another subject for another time). So, if the judge were ruling in North Dakota, they would have to take that into consideration. When this judge made the ruling in New York, she was citing New York state law. If New York state wants to make a ruling on the subject, it can via the legislature. The judge will then have to take that into account. But one can't fault a judge for doing what they are supposed to do: read the existing laws and interpret fairly based on those.
On another note, I really have to ask this question:
WHAT THE HELL ABOUT THIS ISSUE IS
GETTING SO MANY PEOPLE SO WORKED UP
I would like someone to please tell me how gay marriage is bad. And since we all know that you not agreeing with something or finding it to be immoral is not grounds to outlaw it, you can't say "I just find it to be wrong." I really would like to know. If you can't think of such a reason, THEN IT
SHOULD NOT BE
Look to Canada for some inspiration here. Their PM
is Catholic and obviously is not in favor of gay marriage. But what he has realized is that him not liking something does not translate into a legal reason for banning it, nor does he have grounds to push his beliefs on other people (so long as they're not trying to hurt others, which gays are not).
As I write this, it is the early morning across the US. If gay marriage were to be legalized nationwide right now, I really don't think that any of us would notice a big difference when we woke up. In fact, I don't think any of us would even realize that it had happened. So, I ask you all, what is the big deal?