The morning after
And with that, we all move on. Yesterday’s defeat of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage represents not just a victory for gay couples, but a loss for those who cynically sought political advantage by favoring the most uncompromising version of such an amendment. The latter, like presidential contender Mitt Romney got what they deserved.Despite the loaded words of Kris Mineau and the poorly named Massachusetts Family Institute, the vote by the Massachusetts Legislature -- which last I looked was elected by "the people" -- came down to families, not promises of jobs and other unproven allegations.
Representative Richard J. Ross, a Republican from Wrentham, had a revelation Wednesday afternoon after meeting with a gay Republican who presented him with this challenge: As director of his family's funeral home, Ross had surely treated every family the same, no matter what their race, religion, or sexual orientation. So why would he do anything else in his other job, as a lawmaker?
For Senator Gale Candaras, it was the 6,800 phone calls, letters, e-mails, even faxes, from her district that left no question in her mind what her constituents wanted her to do. One letter came from an 82-year-old woman who worried that one of her young grandchildren might grow up to be gay and might not be able to marry the person he loved.
What about political horsetrading?
Senator Michael W. Morrissey, a Democrat from Quincy, said he ignored the lobbyists and the power brokers who wanted to talk to him and sought counsel from his wife, his family, his oldest friends, and a few constituents. He made up his mind moments before walking into the House chamber yesterday. "People's ability to be happy is fundamental," he said. "To pass judgment on that, in the end, I found hard to do."Mineau and his band of zealots, looking to impose their minority will on the majority of Massachusetts, insist they won't go away. Promises abound of coming back in 2012 -- when gay and lesbian couples will be close to celebrating their 8th wedding anniversaries.
Let's hope more reasonable voices prevail -- although it's hard to imagine reason is a staple of these Theocons. After way too many years -- and tears -- this issue needs to be put to rest.
Heck, even the Herald says so.
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