The ever-disingenuous "let the people vote" crowd - you know, the same people who were openly homophobic 2 years ago, but realized that homophobia doesn't sell (so now they just want their "right to vote") - were at it again today. Soon-to-be former Representative Phil Paleophobogoat was all riled up, like usual, because
Luckily, they learned to "repackage" their homophobia too late for it to matter: marriage equality isn't going anywhere in Massachusetts. Well-organized counter-protesters were there, today, to make sure of it. While polite, the heroes of the crowd made sure their voice was heard. Dozens - if not hundreds - of hand made posters were held high by the crowd fittingly in front of the New Bedford Public Library (mine said "This Christmas: Peace and Love on Earth for Everyone"). Simple chants of "equal rights" rose when Team Homophobia squealed their 'let the people vote' meme. When Paleophobogoat finally came up to speak, the friends of marriage equality turned their backs on him. Becoming a force of pure hatred, he didn't deserve any more attention. Luckily, he won't get any - his term's up and he shan't be going back for another.
After the rally, a bunch of fellow UMASS students hit the streets of New Bedford and ate at No Problemo - a favorite burrito joint and hangout of mine. There were straight guys, gay guys, lesbians and everything in between. But that had nothing to do with anything and wasn't on anyone's minds. People who find marriage equality an issue they just can't get past need to take a long, hard look in the mirror - because no one else really cares. Everyone's moved on; not one damn cloud has fallen from the sky because two guys occasionally kiss after saying "I do." Marriage equality is here to stay - it's time for the few who can't seem to grasp that to get used to it.
Correction: Phil Paneologos, quite thankfully, is not and has never been a State Rep. I somehow morphed him into not only the SoCo's A-Hole, but likely also Representative Phillip Travis, a retiring representative, with the same first name, who's one of the biggest opponents of marriage equality in the state. Brain farts happen to the best of us.