Equal Protection: California's Proposition 8 ballot measure on Nov. 4 would ban same-sex marriages. The state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in May, ruling the constitutional ban decided by voters in 2000 violated equal protection rights to gays and lesbians afforded to heterosexual couples. Would you believe opposing campaigns have spent more than $53 million promoting their arguments? The spending is about evenly split. I know many fathers who would kill for a tiny fraction of that dough they fork out on their daughter's wedding. The question boils down to this: Are you really threatened by a same-sex married couple? For straights, it may be repulsive to their sensibilities and religious scruples but nothing else. Really. That is not a reason for discrimination as it wouldn't be for neighbors whether they are black, Muslim, Asian, Filipino or Jews. When the issue is equal protection, the majority loses its right to impose its views on the minority. If you don't like it, ignore them. Recommendation: No on Prop. 8.