Leading up to the big vote on civil marriage rights in Massachusetts, people left and right were telling me to focus on defeating the nasty VoteonMarriage amendment. I acquiesced, against my better judgement, and stopped beating the 1913 war drums.
Then, after we won, a lot of people were tired, exhausted - or pumped and wanting to celebrate the hard-fought victory. Again, the war drums remained silent.
Well, as Mike and I discussed on LeftAhead today, it's now time to drum the thundering percussion instruments and lead the march against one of this state's last vehicles of glbt-discrimination: the 1913 law that forbids out-of-staters from marrying here if - and only if - they're homosexual. It's as odd and peculiar as laws against spitting, or laws that say you need to bring your gun to church on Sunday. It's well past time to rid this Commonwealth of 1913 - and with a Governor, Lt. Governor, Senate President and Speaker of the House all against 1913's existence, I truly don't understand - months later - why this law is still on the books.