It's a great day for Massachusetts!!
Our state Legislature rose above dogma and narrow-mindedness and decisively defeated a movement to place a ballot question before the people in 2008 that would amend the Massachusetts Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
This effectively KILLS an attempt by social conservatives to write discrimination into our state law.....for another four years anyway.
Most pundits agree that the it will be increasingly difficult to muster the votes to necessary to get the question onto the 2012 ballot.
Never have I been more proud to be a a citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!
Here we don't believe in separate but equal crap! Some states may have adopted 'civil unions' earlier but it took real cojones for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to stand up and realize, brilliantly I might add, that there was NOTHING in the Massachusetts Constitution prohibiting the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Since then guess what?!
The sky hasn't fallen!
No angry vengeful gawd has smote us!
There isn't fornicating in the streets!
The birds still sing in the all municipalities of the Commonwealth!
Dogs still bark at cats!
The only difference is a small minority of our brethren now have the same rights and privileges that most of the majority takes for granted.
That is one of the jobs of the Judiciary: To prevent the oppression of a minority from the tyranny of a majority.
Does anyone else see the hypocrisy of this question: Yes!!! Let's enjoin the people to VOTE to decide whether or not the state can deny a basic human right to a segment of our population!
I truly believe today is a great day that will long be remembered as the beginning of the end religious dogma making policy in a secular nation!
WELL DONE MASSACHUSETTS!!!!!