One of the fundamental Truths of the Universe is that when you do something that is ill-advised, something about it comes back to bite you in ways you never foresaw or intended. You have to accept some backlash when you do anything, because people are prone to disagreement. It’s normal and healthy.
The times when this force comes into play the hardest is when something has been changed “back to the way it aught to be” by some reactionary faction that doesn’t want to accept that times do change. These people, for the sake of brevity, we’ll call “morons”. And when the Church of Moron decides to spend millions of dollars in the State of California to get Proposition 8 passed you know that there will be some sort of Unintended Consequence that will come of it.
I would like to point out that, at this point, at 3 am on November 5th, we still don’t have a final answer on Prop 8, so this might be a non-issue. But just in case, I thought I’d throw this out there for everyone to process.
Prop 8 changes a fundamental right by changing the wording in the Constitution of California to say that only a marriage between a man and a woman will be recognized by the state. This you probably knew, but I had to restate it because it’s important that you really understand what it means to redefine something that has been in place for centuries. California can only recognize certain marriages. California gives a tax-law specific to married people, even if it’s not a tax-break, they can file as “married” in this state. Those filings are legal documents, and filing false information is a crime, even if the crime is simply checking that you’re married when you have no current proof.
That’s where the Law of Unintended Consequences comes in – everyone in California will have to provide proof that their marriage is legal and can be recognized by the state. And the proof hasn’t been decided, but regardless, we, The People, have spoken. We want it to only be “a man and a woman” and therefore, we can certainly demand proof.
Several options are there for us. I would suggest the harshest option to prove the point – that being that anyone who wants to be “married” has to submit to a sex-organ proof program, which would boil down to a Strip-the-State-for-Proof event requiring a notary to sign off on a doctors note stating the sex of the person in the State Issued ID.
The state is now required to audit the marriages of everyone claiming to be married because we know some are not going to be recognized. Either they do so as a tax burden when filing or they simply dissolve all marriages until the married couple get a doctors note proving their sexes. Either way, it seems like a lot of work for the state to undertake at a time when the budget is so drastically in the red.
Perhaps the legislature can be convinced to reverse the Prop 8 on the grounds that the State really can’t afford to follow through on this one.