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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Today I'm proud to live in Massachusetts

I love this commonwealth. I know it's a tiny state in the frozen north with little appeal to those than have never lived here. But as a native Californian, living in a state that is not only exceedingly liberal in politics, but is populated with the brightest, most progressive people in the country, I feel the weather, crappy as it is, has little to do with how wonderful it is to live in the land of the thinking.

Today, once again, the Commonwealth spoke about the equality our country is all about. When the Constitution was written 350+ years ago, it preached equal rights for all the citizens of the United States of America. Unfortunately, that is not the case in 49 of the fifty states. Only Massachusetts allows full equality for gay and lesbian citizens. Only Massachusetts allows gay and lesbian marriage that is no different than any other marriage. It isn't a civil union. It is marriage, with all the rights that go with a legal union.

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Not every citizen of our commonwealth loves same-sex marriage. In fact, some citizens banded together to try and place an amendment on the 2008 ballot, asking the citizens of the commonwealth to vote on whether or not same-sex marriage should be outlawed. Yes, some citizens felt that it was right for the people of the commonwealth to vote on a civil right.

Not one other civil right has ever been voted upon. We have never, as citizens of the United States, been asked to vote on equality for women. We have never been asked to vote on whether or not minorities have the right to vote, hold public office, or even own land. We have never voted on whether or not a certain religion should be protected under the constitution. Not one other civil right has been given to the citizens to decide upon.

However, what if we had been able to vote on such issues. Do you believe that men would have ever allowed women to vote? I highly doubt that. Do you believe that minorities would have been given equal rights? After all, we fought a civil war to keep them as slaves. What about religion. Do you think people would have accepted Scientology or Mormonism as a real religion if they were allowed to vote upon it? Honestly, if we were allowed to vote on civil rights, we would be a country of rich Christian (protestant only) white men that make all the decisions. Not that we're not still mostly in that position today, but women and minorities have made significant inroads politically, and they're both allowed to vote.

Today in Massachusetts, the amendment to put the right to same-sex marriages on the 2008 ballot was soundly defeated. The citizens of our commonwealth are not going to vote on whether or not same-sex unions are legal. Our legislators have spoken, they have made it clear that civil rights are not to be decided upon by the citizens but by the courts and the government. For Massachusetts, this is a very good thing. We welcome same-sex marriages in our little state. We stand and cheer for same-sex parents, be them biological or adoptive. We see gays and lesbians as equal citizens here. We're a kind, proud, liberal state, and we practice what we preach. Equality for all.

Now if we could only get the damn weather to improve. 58 degrees in June is ridiculous!

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Blogger JaniceNW said...

Washington State's governor signed an equality bill for gay marriage and benefits about 4 weeks ago. I love this state!

14/6/07 11:53 PM  
Blogger barbie2be said...

i love this. i wish the californian's would pull their heads out of their collective butts and get on the ball to approve gay marriage. while i am not gay, i do live in a gay household. and frankly, i feel that if you are lucky enough to find someone to love, that loves you in return then it is no one else's business what sex you both are.

15/6/07 11:54 AM  
Blogger Rhea said...

I never thought we'd see same-sex marriage in our lifetimes. In fact, it wasn't even on the radar. I love your thoughts on the subject!

15/6/07 6:01 PM  

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