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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Do the right thing

Kudos to House Speaker Sal DiMasi for his efforts to kill the gay marriage ban amendment by killing the Constitutional Convention. It's a perfectly legitimate maneuver and has been used before by both Tom Birmingham and Billy Bulger.

Ban supporters took the easier road of an initiative petition, requiring just 25 percent of legislators present and voting, to approve a measure for the ballot. Notes gay rights activist Arline Isaacson:
"In democracy, a majority is supposed to rule. We have a majority on our side; that should suffice. But it doesn't in this circumstance."
The decision to go the petition route was a parliamentary tactic. So is adjourning the ConCon.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Lynne said...

"The decision to go the petition route was a parliamentary tactic. So is adjourning the ConCon."

AGREED, and it should be an ILLEGAL route - amending the constitution should be a goddamned hard thing to do, or else the document has little meaning. This 50-votes-twice-then-simple-public-majority amendment route should be fraking banned.

November 09, 2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

The opposite argument, of course, is that sometimes you want a way around a stubborn legislature that won't do what the majority wants. It's a tough standard but there are times when it creates rather than stymies justice.

November 10, 2006 5:30 AM  

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