What are Mike's three courses of action?
Enough basking in the June victory. We have three legislative mountains to climb. We have a governor, lieutenant governor, house speaker and senate president who have records of supporting equal rights. They had to fight their reactive battle. Now it's time to pay some progressive dues.Our mountains come in three sizes and difficulty factors. Let's see some action on:
Step one: repeal 1913.
Step two: clean up the laws. We have a number of statutes still on the books from before the Goodridge decision that aren't in step with our new way of life and liberty in this state. We ought to fix them.
They are an affront to our proclaimed love of liberty and equality here. They also insult all logic by pretending that every married same-sex couple here will remain Massachusetts residents forever. This climb should be quick and easy. This should be a one-day debate and a single vote in each house. There's no excuse not to knock this out now.
Step three: change the initiative process. Mike and I have slightly different views on how we'd go about changing the process, but suffice it to say we both agree that civil liberties shouldn't be able to be changed, morphed or gutted with only 25% of the state legislature's approval.
Only step three should be difficult, yet here we are more than a month later and 1913 is not only still on the books, it's moving no where fast. That has got to change.