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14th-Jun-2007 01:45 pm
Pol: Mass. State House and pride flag
Massachusetts is not going to have a popular vote to deprive same-sex couples of equal rights under the law! I was first alerted to this news by qwrrty, who I gather was there. The line “The narrow 45-151 vote means Massachusetts remains the only state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry” in that article seems odd to me — yes, 45 votes is close to the 50-vote minority required for a petition-initiated constitutional amendment to be defeated in Massachusetts, but still, a 45-151 vote is not “narrow”. I guess you could say the measure was narrowly defeated, but calling it a “narrow vote” strikes me as odd.

In 25 years or so, people are going to look back on this vote with shock that almost a quarter of Massachusetts legislators thought it was a good idea to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry, but from this vantage point, I am so proud that more than three quarters of my state legislators believe in equal rights for same-sex couples under the law.

I need a “proud of Massachusetts” userpic. [EDIT: Thanks to qwrrty, I have one.]
Comments 
14th-Jun-2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! Go Massachusetts!
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14th-Jun-2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I don't think it'll be that easy, though. Legalizing inter-racial marriage nationally took more than 25 years, iirc. I expect this to be a similarly long and arduous road.
14th-Jun-2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I love our state!!! May other states now follow!

*kiss*
14th-Jun-2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
YAY!! Actual sanity in the legislature!

I need a “proud of Massachusetts” userpic.

I was just thinking that, myself. :-)
14th-Jun-2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
The fact that a vote on whether or not to limit the rights of a particular group of Americans is even being discussed in this country approaches medieval in its outdated nature.

By the way, with Mitt Romney in mind we should consider taking away the right to run for President from People Who Can Go Fuck Themselves.
14th-Jun-2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
I was actually thinking I want a Proud of Massachusetts t-shirt. Or 5.
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15th-Jun-2007 04:34 am (UTC)
And thank you very much for that!
15th-Jun-2007 03:53 am (UTC)
:D yay!
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