Another gay marriage thread, but not really about gay marriage. This is more about how many elected officials fail to understand the basic purpose of courts in America. These are people who graduated from law school! Case in point, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant cannot comprehend how a court ruling can overturn the "will of the people". Is he just willfully ignoring that courts exist to overturn or uphold laws based on their interpretation of whether those laws are constitutional or not? The method in which those laws were passed is completely irrelevant. Why does he think that just because a law is voter passed, it's not subject to constitutional scrutiny? He's attempting to compare marriage to marijuana legalization, completely ignoring the underlying constitutional issue behind gay marriage bans. The constitutional question at stake here is whether denying same sex couples the right to marry violates the constitution, not whether state voters have the right to pass their own laws. The "constitutional battle" that Bryant is talking about isn't about voter initiatives, is about people's rights being violated by the state, regardless how the state came up with those laws. In short, it's not about HIM!