Dana Rudolph

Five Years Later: Proof Positive

Filed By Dana Rudolph | May 17, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: marriage equality, Massachusetts

May 17, 2004: The first legal marriages of same-sex couples in Massachusetts.

Still locust-free here in the Bay State.

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Not according to MassResistance. They're still whining about what SSM has "done" to this state.

Dana, you know you're a lot funnier than you sometimes let on. I love it! :)

Sometimes you crack me up, Dana. I think it's the first time Jerame has rushed to show me something on Bilerico! LOL

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | May 18, 2009 7:37 AM

Not so fast, folks. The absence of evidence of locusts is not evidence of the absence of locusts ((Deut 28:36-42; Amos 4:9; 7:1).

One has to stand somewhat outside of the area, in this case a few miles northeast of Massachussets, to get a more accurate picture of what's coming. Alex's latest survey of all 432,000 New Hampshire households indicates that on signal, 67% of them are going to flush simultaneously at least one toilet, submerging their neighbors to the South in retribution for the wickedeness of their state's highest court.

Justice delayed is still justice.

It would be interesting for someone to take a look at the statistics in MA as it relates to the silly charges that the right wingers continually bring up. For example, marriage equality will lead to a breakdown in the American family. So, how have divorce and marriage rates changed in MA since marriage equality? Does it mirror the rest of the nation??? And all their equating this to "sexual perversions" and the slippery slope we might fall down... Have there been more reported cases of bestiality, necrophilia, etc., in MA since marriage equality???

My bet is that little has changed, but it would be terrific to be able to prove it!

Last I checked (a few years back), Massachusetts also has the lowest divorce rates in the nation, whereas Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas, whose citizens voted by large majorities for constitutional amendments to ban marriage of same-sex couples, had three of the highest divorce rates in 2003, and trend seems to have continued in 2004 and 2005, even after marriage equality got going in Massachusetts.)

Now now, everyone knows the locust are on a seven year cycle....the fundies will tell you 2011 will be a bitch on the locust front.

Umm...Did I miss something? I don't recall Biblical swarms of grasshoppers, like you have pictured. Is that in the New New International Version of the Bible?

I admit that as an atheist, I haven't read all the translations of the Bible, but I'm pretty sure locusts are the bugs God sent upon the unsuspecting masses.

I'd better go read up on this - grasshoppers would be a far more interesting plague. They spit!

Well, I took the image from Wikipedia, which says the image is a locust. I'm admittedly not an expert, and Wikipedia is admittedly not perfect, so take it for what it's worth. As you say, either bug would have made a pretty good plague.

I guess they're more similar than I thought.

They're both in the same order of primitive insects, along with crickets, walking sticks, and cockroaches.

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | May 18, 2009 4:54 PM

Uh, Oh.....I don't think I like where this thread is going. Locusts AND Grasshoppers together in the New England states? Are there still laws on the books against interspecies mating? If not, you all know the slipper slope involved in that one. Er, wait, maybe that's ok but SSIM (Same-species-Insect-Mating) is what's against God's will. Let me check out Leviticus and get back with you.

Alex was clearly paying attention in eighth-grade biology.

LOL. Yes. (And it hasn't fallen into the sea either).

Yes, but don't say that too loudly. On the off chance that the California Supremes overturn Prop 8, I'm not sure I want to rely on that state's geography to prove the same point.