Friday, June 15, 2007

Silence in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts state legislature denied the voice of the people of their state from being heard yesterday, by blocking the citizens of the state from having the opportunity to vote on gay marriage rights. State law requires that only 50 lawmakers out of 200 vote for approval of a state constitutional amendment twice before the vote can go to the people, and after passing earlier this year special interest lobbying caused the second vote to fail by a measure of only 5.

Regardless of how you feel about gay marriage, it's clear that a state legislature, requiring only a 1/4 threshold for constitutional amendments to pass, should not be blocking the people of a state from determining their own laws. As in nearly all cases of gay marriage state amendments, the pro-gay marriage side vastly outspent their opponents. It is clear from this quote exactly what happened:

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute that backed the amendment, said his group was vastly outspent by gay marriage supporters. "It certainly does appear that money speaks in this building," he said.

Indeed. And it's a shame.

Update: Never mind about gay marriage. It appears that ABC thinks defining marriage as between a man and a woman is the redefining of marriage, not the other way around. Oh, I get it now. It's no wonder the old media is floundering.

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