Friday, December 29, 2006

And the Big Day Approaches

Here comes the Big Day. I'm not talking, of course, of New Year's. I'm talking about the first important day of the New Year - January Second. On the second day of January, the rights of tens of thousands of Massachusetts citizens are going to be chips on a table in a game of Texas Hold'em. The choice of whether two people who love each other should be able to marry - or not - is about to come to a vote, procedural or otherwise.

Steve LeBlanc has a great article that sums up everything that's happened over the past few weeks, but suffice it to say that on the last day of this Congressional Year - January 2nd - state legislators are having a Constitutional Convention. However, just recently there was a Supreme Court ruling on one of the amendments - to ban marriage equality. The court ruling risks the pro-equality strategy: according to the SJC, the state legislature should vote yea or nea on the amendment to ban gay marriage, but there's nothing the court can do to force them. With only 9 people who need to be swayed, will there be enough to employ procedural tactics to kill this hateful bill once more?

I'm at the point where, for once, I hope so. I'm sick and tired of having to defend basic human rights from those who would want them stripped, thinking rights are in fact privileges only afforded to the so-called worthy. They're going to keep on fighting no matter what happens, so I'm going to be right there with them to make sure the only thing they become successful at is becoming even more bitter. One way or another, equal rights will triumph. It always does. Hopefully, once and for all, that victory will happen on January Second.


laurel said...

Any potential for the Nat'l day of morning for FOrd to interfere with the legis meeting tuesday?

Anonymous said...

Let's just hope that these legislators have the guts to stick to their guns and do the right thing. We should probably be calling and emailing them what the trend lines have been and that they will pay a price if they screw around here.

Even though my local idiots voted not to recess, I'm still going to write in to let them know that if somebody wavers, someone else better step up or there will be consequences, good luck getting Team Homophobia to give campaign contributions, hold signs, vote for them, and everybody else just wants this over.

Anonymous said...

Actually - it's only 5, since every vote changed to No is one fewer for Yes.

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