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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Do the right thing

Showdown Day on Beacon Hill and all we have to read are tea leaves.

When the gavel comes down on the Constitutional Convention at 1 p.m., we'll know in pretty short order whether the pro- or anti-gay marriage forces have the votes. If it slams back down quickly, it means the votes to stop the call to let voters strip peoples' rights are still not there. A decision to go forward will end an end to the nightmare -- and a vote to do the right thing.

Nose counts are being kept close to the vest, a sure sign the anti-bias leadership is close to their goal of killing the amendment. Another sign is the heightened rhetoric of amendment sponsors who insist that only a vote on the 2008 ballot is democracy and that the arm-twisting in un-American.

Another fascinating tea leaf is the fact that -- so far -- only one former governor has shown his face in the state to lobby. Bill Weld completed his flip-flop by coming back to his original, libertarian view that government has no role in legislating morality.

There's no word on where in the world Mitt Romney will be today when the vote he helped to push is taken. His relative silence in recent days -- speaking on the topic only when challenged -- suggests the Man, the Myth and the Legend in his own Mind doesn't plan to play a role. I guess profiles in courage come harder when you are the presumed front runner in the early primary states.

It probably also doesn't hurt to know that you would probably swing a few votes to the other side simply by showing your face.

But there are some poignant profiles out there, showing this is not just power politics. And the Globe is to be applauded for a novel editorial letting lawmakers this is not just an abstract concept but a real vote with real consequences for all of their constituents.

In the end, it is not about "letting the people vote." Americans should not be voting about other Americans civil rights. The government has no business sticking into collective nose into private matters that hold no consequence beyond the individuals affected by the decision.

But the Theocons who dominate the Republican Party -- who has made a mockery of that party's libertarian roots -- see gay marriage as a cudgel in their Holy War to impose their own beliefs on Americans.

A yes vote will subject Massachusetts -- and America -- with 17 more months of vitriolic, hate-filled rhetoric. It will prevent action on the real issues that Massachusetts must deal with. It will cloud the real issues America must deal with -- how to extricate ourselves from civil wars -- based on religion -- that poses the truer Armageddon.

It's time for Massachusetts legislators to do that right thing -- exercise their responsibilities as representatives of the greater good and kill a bad piece of legislation. It's time to move away from the hate.

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