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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Morning in Massachusetts

The sun came up in the east this morning and it will set in the west. The Earth still spins on its axis, the Red Sox are still in first place and Massachusetts drivers are still clueless.

Three years after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's ruling that gay marriages are legal and just, the world continues as it always has -- despite the dire predictions of those who insisted the decision was a corruption of the natural order of things where marriage is between a man and a woman.

You know, the same people who defended slavery and segregation. Or who believed who should not have the right to vote, let alone have the right to control their own bodies.

In fact, life is so normal and predictable that the couple whose decision to stand up for their rights have divorced. Hillary and Julie Goodridge joined the estimated 40 to 45 percent of American couples who end up separated or divorced.

Yet somehow we continue to fight the battle where a minority of citizens (170,000 petition signers out of an estimated 4.1 million registered voters) believe it is just and proper to determine the civil rights of others through the ballot box.

You know like those folks who supported slavery or opposed a woman's right to vote.

The Massachusetts Legislature, meeting in Constitutional Convention on June 14, has the ability to end this once and for all. What's needed is the shift of just 12 votes from the previous legislative session to end this ludicrous battle to selectively deny rights.

Failing to do the right thing just might jolt the world off its axis. Then again, nothing would surprise me anymore about the inability of politicians in this nation to do the right thing when it comes to gender-based issues.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You know, the same people who defended slavery and integration"
Did you mean "segregation" not integration?

May 17, 2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

I did indeed. Thanks very much for catching that!

May 17, 2007 8:01 AM  
Blogger John Hosty said...

Great points, don't let your "friend" trivialize them.

May 17, 2007 10:37 PM  

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