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Judicial restraints

February 09, 2009

Re "Too easy to amend," Opinion, Feb. 4

The authors' point, that it should be harder for voters to amend the California Constitution, has merit -- as long as we also make it harder for judges to "amend" the Constitution too.

Essentially, that's what happened last May, when four justices decided that same-sex marriage suddenly became a basic constitutional right.

Even those who agree with that decision should understand that it should not be easy for judges to change the meaning of the Constitution. Why? Because the composition of the state Supreme Court will change. What happens when there are four or five justices whose worldview is the opposite of yours?

Adam Beneschan

Mission Viejo

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