Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Consider This a Warning for ConCon Voters

In the past year or so, we've had homophobic attacks in Lowell, New Bedford, UMASS Amherst and Worcester (just off the top of my head). Luckily, no one has died at any of those locations (though, the guy from New Bedford went on a national, murderous rampage while fleeing).

Could this happen in Massachusetts?
Two young men in Jackson County Indiana said they were so freaked out when 'propositioned' by Aaron Hall on April 12th, that they proceeded to beat the 100 pound, 5'4 man for hours, using their fists, boots, dragging him down a staircase while his head slammed into each step, and then throwing him in a ditch and leaving. Aaron managed to crawl out of the ditch and out into a nearby field, where he died, alone and naked.
Sadly, yes.

If we vote this amendment forward and put it on the ballot, with months of negative TV ads directed at glbt people, we will see more - not less - violence.

Will it take a murderous hate crime against a gay person to convince enough of the few, remaining anti-gay votes in the State House to vote the right way?

I'm not asking any legislator to suddenly like the idea of two men or two women sharing a bed together and getting married. I'm just asking that you protect one's right to do that. If we don't - if we continue to condone hatred toward gay people (and that's exactly what this kind of homophobic amendment does, whether supporters like it or not) we will see even more violence in the coming months. It's inevitable.


Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, it can happen here in MA.

Apparently you are too young to remember the case of the gay man in Southeastern MA who was murdered by a straight man within the last 10-15 years. They had gone out for a walk together (they were both attending a party), and the straight man stabbed the gay man something like 27 times. I can't find a citatation for you, but it did, indeed, occur.

It can indeed happen here.


bostonph said...

Today's Globe had a couple of disturbingly histrionic letters to the editor. One says "I thought power being held by an elite that knows better than the people was a hallmark of totalitarian systems" the other "We do not need a governor or lawmakers who feel they can limit our rights as citizens."

The irony is almost certainly lost on the authors.

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