A Quick “Neener Neener Neener”, then Moving On

That’s it. That’s all of the rubbing in that I’m going to do. After 18 times that our state legislature has addressed same-sex marriage…numerous times even voting against previous incarnations of constiutional amendments…it gets rather exhausting. This time, it was actually…and finally…defeated by a vote (versus other procedural tactics that have taken place in the past). I must admit that I’m very surprised. I expected that the issue would lose by one or two votes. I never expected it to win by this many votes. Here’s all I have to say:

People upset over the results, claiming people had the right to vote on this issue, would be singing a whole different tune if the issue was reversed (meaning putting things to a vote would have guaranted that same-sex marriage could continue). If that was the case, they’d have done everything to PREVENT “letting the people vote.” Similarly under that scenario, same-sex proponents would have switched tunes and demanded that this issue SHOULD go to the public for a vote. We’re both guilty of wanting it both ways. Besides, the way our system is set up, citizens do not necessarily have the right to vote. They have the right to elect officials to decide whether an issue goes on the ballot for the citizens to vote. In this case, their elected officials did what they were supposed to do and voted how they felt (in this case, to defeat the measure). Gay rights proponents were just fortunate it worked in their favor this time.

Going forward, I question the logic behind citizen initiatives only requiring 25% of the votes in the legislature to go on to the ballot. No matter what the issue, 50% seems more reasonable. Granted, in this case my side would have won with 25% or 50% of the vote (we had nearly 76%), but I still don’t think a minority of elected officials should be able to choose what the citizens should vote on – especially when you consider how different people feel about various issues in various parts of the state. When an issue does get to the public to vote, it’s always the majority that rules. Why isn’t it that way in the legislature?

Romney is an idiot. I’m sick of hearing him (and the Catholic Church) say that it’s most unfair to the “children” who are going to have two same-sex parents. Now think about it: the parents of these kids are gay. Whether same-sex marriage is legal or not, these children would still have gay parents. This constitutional amendment wouldn’t have changed that at all. What it DOES change is that the children now have more legal protections since their parents are legally wed. This is an improvement for the children’s well-being, not a “detriment.”

Please stop. Kris Mineau and all of his “let the people vote” cronies should just stop this hoo-hah. We’ve been dealing with this for nearly half a decade now. Its been brought up with the state legislature 18 times. The majority of the residents of the Commonwealth could care less about this issue. True, probably half the citizens wouldn’t “want” same-sex marriage to be legal if they had their druthers, but the issue doesn’t really bother them enough to warrant constant media attention. They’d probably rather people just shut up and move on.

And move on is what I’ll do.

I wish I had more to report…but I don’t. Randy and I will be hanging out locally this weekend (well, Saturday only) before he heads down to Virginia. We’re going to have lots of catching up to cram into such a short time period. Kayak? Bike? Catch up on Tivo?

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Will on June 17, 2007 12:46 am

    There was a rather unpleasant talk show on WBZ radio Saturday night hosted by Pat Desmaris on the subject of the killing of the anti-gay marriage amendment. While protesting frequently–as most homophobes do–at how he really supports gay rights, he nevertheless kept harping on the fact that the 170,000 people in Massachusetts who had signed the petition to get the amendment on the ballot had just had their votes stolen. It should have gone to the public to vote, it should have gone . . . . over and over again.

    He was nicely trumped by a woman who called in to say that if you follow the 10% rule, there are about 400,000 gays and lesbians in Massachusetts, more than twice as many as the number who signed the petition. Those people have rights–or SHOULD have rights, she maintained. He countered with his support for Civil Unions–just don’t call it marriage–ignoring the fact that Civil Unions don’t give even half the rights that marriage does.

    Other callers fell back on “it’s a MORAL issue,” and the Bible, ignoring the fact that there’s separation of Church and State in this country (or was until Bozo and his gang handed us over to the lunatic Religious Right).

    In the end, however, Desmaris was forced to admit that the majority of his callers had opposed the amendment.

  2. Comment by Zach on June 19, 2007 9:33 pm

    I rarely comment on this issue because usually the forum isn’t to my liking. However, I’d like to vent my feelings here. Thanks for providing this palette Karl.

    The gay marriage issue is the latest in a long string of civil rights issues. Religious freedom was once a similar issue as was slavery, women’s rights, and many others. Anyone who has argued on the wrong side of these issues in the past has been made a fool. Those arguing against gay rights, i.e. gay marriage, will also be seen as fools.

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