Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"[The] right decision, in my view, is to allow same-sex marriage in California. Republicans believe deeply that government should be limited. Government has no business making distinctions between people based on their personal lives. That's why, as a Californian and a Republican who has held elective office at the federal and state levels, I will be voting No on Proposition 8...
If two people want to make their relationship more stable, and commit more deeply to each other, that can only be good for California. That's true whether the couple is gay or straight...
Republicans also care about jobs; and as a business proposition, it makes no sense to support Prop. 8. Discrimination at any level is bad for business. California has always made itself stronger by welcoming, not excluding, people who want to work hard and build better futures for themselves and their communities. What kind of a message does it send to workers, of any background, that we are willing to codify discrimination into our state constitution?
Gay couples are asking for a chance to play by the rules. We can give them that chance. For those of us who are proud of our party's and our state's reputation for fairness and against discrimination, our choice is very clear: No on Proposition 8."
[Editor's Note: In a Mar. 18, 2011 email to ProCon.org, Tom Campbell requested that we point out that the above article was written before he joined the faculty at Chapman University and that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the universiy or law school]
"Ending Marriage Discrimination in California: Why Republicans Should Vote No on Prop 8," www.reason.com, Oct. 24, 2008
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to gay marriage; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in gay marriage and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Former Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1989-1993, 1995-2001
Dean, Chapman University School of Law, 2011-present
Fletcher Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor, Chapman University School of Law, 2010-2011
Presidential Fellow, Chapman University School of Law, 2009-2010
Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, 2002-2008
California State Senator, 1993-1995
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1989-1993, 1995-2001
Professor, Law, Stanford University, 1983-2002
Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 1981-1983
White House Fellow, Chief of Staff and Counsel, 1980-1981
Law Clerk, US Supreme Court Justice Byron White, 1977-1978
Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals Judge George E. MacKinnon, 1976
Board of Editors, Harvard Law Review, 1976
Former Executive Assistant, Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice