A California Court has ruled that proposition 8 — which, if passed, will change the California constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry — can be officially described as: “Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.”
The folks behind proposition 8 had sued to… well, to prevent voters from being told exactly what their measure does. Apparently they feel that the more voters know what proposition 8 does, the fewer will vote for it.
Best line from the judge’s ruling (pdf link):
There is nothing inherently argumentative or prejudicial about transitive verbs, and the Court is not willing to fashion a rule that would require the Attorney General to engage in useless nominalization.
Personally, I’d enjoy watching the news if high government officials were required to engage in useless nominalization at all times.