Sara Whitman

Massachusetts Equality Under Attack?

Filed By Sara Whitman | November 10, 2008 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, Mass Equality, Massachusetts, same-sex marriage

"We're much encouraged by the results in California, and there's no doubt in our minds, had," said Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage.

Yes, that is a Massachusetts based group. After failing on June 14th, 2007 to get their ballot to ban marriage equality here, they had previously slunk back into their holes to shed another layer of skin, I suppose.

Now they are back. Feeling bold, they dusted off all their old literature and are considering another run at making marriage between a "man and a woman" only here in Massachusetts

While I am tempted to say, "Bring it on," as our esteemed President Bush did, I know better. It cost trillions more dollars with Bush's bravado, and I will not cost the LGBT one extra dollar necessary.

Honestly, like watching the raccoons that live in my back tree, I feel the need to live and let live. They are a tiny group of people that feed on main stream media's need to have "the other side's" point of view. They come out and make a mess of things but are mostly harmless.

Except when they are rabid. The raccoons are not. Kris Mineau, I'm afraid, is. If he thinks he could have changed the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a popularity vote, he hasn't read the document very closely.

It's simply bravado, not unlike Mr. Bush.

I am keenly aware though, that we must be vigilant to protect our victories and continue to push forward. We want a trans-inclusive civil rights bill passed this year in Massachusetts. We have the first same sex marriages taking place in Connecticut on Wednesday. We are close in Vermont, New York and New Jersey.

California was a huge loss for us not only in that a minorities rights was put up to a popularity vote and we lost but also because of the message it sends to the nutwings like Kris Mineau.

He thinks he could have won?

Perhaps he still believes in Santa, too.

We can laugh but we must remain vigilant. This is not to be taken lightly. Rights are free to give, and expensive to keep.

Massachusetts has always been Ground Zero for the right. Let's be sure they never win here.

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Let's not declare California a loss yet. The lawsuits may just save the cause in California.

their argument is sound. This is the exact sort of situation that was meant to be prevented when they made the distinction between different types of ballot initiatives - when a minority's rights are put up for a popular vote and then subjected to a demagogic fear campaign.

Reformed Ascetic | November 10, 2008 7:55 PM

Regarding NY:

365gay is reporting that at least 4 NY Senate Dems are considering opposing gay marriage laws. And that Ruben Diaz has alreadt met with the GOP leadership.

This would negate the 2 seat majority the Dems achieved.

Malcolm Smith, leader of the Dem caucus, says that gay marriage will be on the back burner for '09. That the economy and jobs are more pressing issues.

I'm left wondering: is this the same ol same ol, or the result of the defeats of this election?

Here in Indiana, the wingnuts are using the CA/FL/AZ decision to push for an amendment again. We're one of the few states without such an amendment, so I'd imagine the pressure will be on.

And, sadly, unlike Mass which has a well organized and thoughtful Equality Group, Indiana Equality is so inept they sent out a blast fundraising e-mail yesterday advertising that a generous donor had offered to match the next $10k given. Sadly, they spelled his name wrong. And had multiple typos and grammar mistakes. *sigh* We can't get the little things right - let alone anything larger!