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the trouble with democracy

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 11, 2010

Costa Rica's highest court has ruled against a move to hold a nationwide referendum on recognizing civil unions for homosexual couples. 

Should we applaud? Did the court reason that a popular vote cannot re-define the institution of marriage? Nope. The court stopped the referendum because-- not to put too fine a point on it-- the justices were afraid the gay-rights activists would lose. Or as the AP story put it:

The Constitutional Court's 5-2 decision released Tuesday says such a referendum would put a minority at a disadvantage in a largely Roman Catholic country. 

You know, that's the trouble with democracy. When the people vote, the minority is at a disadvantage. 

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 12, 2010 1:57 PM ET USA

    Same problem in California.

  • Posted by: Hal - Aug. 12, 2010 11:30 AM ET USA

    The infection of the judiciary with a sort of transnational, liberal elitism has been going on for at least the last 25 years or so. No end in sight.

  • Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD - Aug. 11, 2010 5:39 PM ET USA

    In a perverse kind of way, it's comforting to know that our courts are not the only ones off their rocker. On the other hand, now our Supreme Court justices, who like to use foreign legal findings as "precendent" for U.S. cases, will be able to quote the legal precedent set by the Costa Ricans.

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