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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Massachusetts, I'm so disappointed in you

Today was the final possibility for the MA state legislature to vote on gay marriage. There was a petition circulated throughout the state to put the vote on the state ballot and allow the people to vote whether or not we wanted gay marriage in our extremely Catholic state. To my chagrin and extreme sadness, the legislature voted today to accept the ammendment to let the people vote on gay marriage. This is so wrong.

When, in any historical context whatsoever, have we ever let the people vote on civil rights? Did we let the people vote for sufferage? Did we let the people vote to end slavery and allow black people to be more than 5/8th of a person? Did we vote to allow any religious freedom?

No, we did not, because there is no way that the majority will ever approve any minority freedoms. It is wrong to expect otherwise. The civil rights we have in the US are, for the most part, either guaranteed under the Constitution as originally written, or as ammendments to the Constitution created by the lawmakers: Congress. We do not allow the people to make such monumental decisions because it is wrong, it is unfair, and instead of being a balanced decision based on legalities, it becomes a decision based on emotions, religious ferver and hatred. This is totally unacceptable and a horrible embarassment to the Commonwealth.

We have Mitt Romney to thank for this nonsense. The man is a pariah. He is evil. He used to be for gay rights until he decided to patronize the citizens of the Commonweath while pandering to the religious right in his upcoming bid for the Presidency. He is false, as phoney as a three-dollar bill. He is never to be trusted, the slimey bully. He insisted on this vote by the legislature. He pushed and pushed and threatened to disallow lawmakers their raise if they did not vote. The state legislature are, for the most part, crooked morons when it comes to their money. They want pay increases while they are draining the state coffers that take care of the poorer citizens. They'll do anything for their paychecks, including, it appears, selling gay marriage down the river.

The legislature turns over in a couple of days. We'll finally see the back of Romney's polished ass, thank God, as Deval Patrick becomes our next Governor. With Patrick will be new legislators that are a bit more sane, and the vote can be recalled for yet another round. I am hopeful that Deval Patrick can influence the civil rights of the minority. I am hopeful that the Commonwealth will stop this silly act of retribution against gay marriage. We've had legal gay marriages in this Commonwealth for 2.5 years and the sky didn't fall. Life continues on the same way it always has, only for some, they are legal for the very first time. This is the right thing to do.

If your legislator voted against gay marriage, please contact him or her and rebuke him. This should never have happened. The majority have no right to speak for the minority on civil rights. It's UnAmerican.

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3 Comments:

Blogger The Scribe said...

Yay! Great post. I agree, the sky has not fallen because gay marriages took place here. Enough of this nonsense.
Rhea
The Boomer Chronicles

3/1/07 9:17 AM  
Blogger Jane Lake said...

Ummmm... I thought a Democratic Society does base things on a majority.

How do you get to be a minority anyway? Why aren't polygamists a minority deserving of rights also? Why aren't octagenarians a minority?

Let's stop wasting time pandering to anyone who wants something they can't have! Being gay is a sexual preference, not a key to the door of special considerations.

3/1/07 1:37 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Thank dog that today was good ol' Mitt's last day. I was listening to the radio as he walked out the door of the state house for the last time as governor and shouted "whoopee"! And from the backseat I heard it echoed. "Whoopee!" said my daughter. A democrat in the making.

3/1/07 7:33 PM  

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