illegitemate state interest

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 8 02:56:24 UTC 2010

An interesting (but likely not uncommon) negation gone awry:
> ''Judge Walker claimed to read the minds of California's voters, arguing that the majority voted for Proposition 8 based on religious opposition to homosexuality, which he then rejected as an illegitimate state interest," R. Albert Mohler, president of a leading Southern Baptist seminary in Kentucky, wrote in an online column.

What Mr. Mohler meant, of course, was that the considerations behind
Prop 8 were not a legitimate state interest, not an "illegitimate
state interest". I suppose, one could argue that it's a philosophical
distinction, but the semantics of the two is different.


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