Lawmakers in Massachusetts are in the midst of a Constitutional Convention and a vote today paved the way for a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage to move forward. To make it onto the ballot, the amendment must pass in another legislative session.
You might recall the Massachusetts is the only state in which gay marriage is legal. Existing marriages would be intact, but no further marriages recognized. Ahem.
This has been a highly contentious issue of late with anti-marriage proponents insisting that legislative refusal to vote on the matter was undemocratic. Even the high court weighed in on the matter, chastising lawmakers for not voting while acknowledging that there was no way to compel a vote.
Since when have “the people” been the best-suited to determine civil rights issues for minorities? This is just bullshit back-of-the-bus politics that will decimate the existing rights of gays in Massachusetts to appease yet another interest group with more power.
The courts and the lawmakers completely wimped out on this matter. They have made it clear that the gay community cannot simply sit around and wait for those in power to recognize and honor our rights as citizens and human beings.