Last updated on: 9/9/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

San Francisco Chronicle Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Is there a rational basis for a public policy to deny the rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples? If not, then the obligation of the [US Supreme] court should be clear: Prop. 8 should be struck down as a violation of the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

[US District] Judge [Vaughn] Walker’s 2010 ruling found that Prop. 8 was unconstitutionally ‘premised on the belief that same-sex couples simply are not as good as opposite-sex couples.’ Walker found ‘no credible evidence’ that same-sex marriage would have any adverse effect on the state’s interests.

Nothing has emerged in two days of Supreme Court hearings to counter Walker’s judgment that there is no rational basis for such discrimination.

Perhaps the justices will, as some analysts believe, avoid the big issue before them in deciding the fate of Prop. 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Legal standing and states rights are merely matters on the margins. These cases are about a fundamental right that is being denied to millions of Americans for no rational reason.”

“No Good Reason to Deny Same-Sex Marriage,” sfgate.com, Mar. 27, 2013

Description:

“The San Francisco Chronicle is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2000, the San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence.”

“San Francisco Chronicle,” hearst.com (accessed Sep. 10, 2013)

Mission:

“The Chronicle is committed to coverage of subjects that are uniquely important to our readers: local issues and those topics with national impact such as economy, politics, technology, ecology, as well as breaking news, crime, education, national and foreign news.”

“San Francisco Chronicle,” hearst.com (accessed Sep. 10, 2013)

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