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California Chief Justice: Betrayed By Prop 8? Then Make Amendments Harder


You’re not going to get any “I’m sorrys” out of the California Supreme Court’s chief justice over May’s 6-1 ruling upholding Prop 8. Ronald George, who by joining the majority upset untold thousands, insists he was just doing his job: interpreting the law, no matter his personal views. “I’m not seeking out any legacy,” says George in an interview. “I’m just doing my one-seventh share of the opinions.” And despite what you may think, his decision to uphold same-sex marriage last year, then uphold Prop 8 this year, is not hypocrisy, he argues. Rather, Californians “reserved their right to amend the Constitution” and it was his court’s job to “[uphold] that authority even when it resulted in the diminution of rights.” Says George: “All I can say for those who feel [betrayed] is to make it more difficult to amend the Constitution, at least in regard to the diminution of the rights of individuals and groups.”