Wednesday, February 11, 2004

The Latest Big Day in Massachusetts 

Today is the constitutional convention for the Massachusetts legislature. Boston.com has an information article with analysis of the issues surrounding the proposed amendment, and the possible challenges it would likely face under the 14th Amendment, even if it were pass this convention and the next, plus a popular vote which could be held in November2006 at the earliest.

Right now on Boston's NPR affiliate WBUR's The Connection, the guests are Laurence Tribe, Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and Maggie Gallagher, President of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy. The subject is "The Battle Over Gay Marriage." The station also has a webcam by which you can view the studio, but it only shows the host, Dick Gordon, and Prof. Tribe. I'm not sure if she's just out of the range of the camera or if she's doing a call in, or is perhaps in studio at another affiliate.

Fortunately (from my point of view), Prof. Tribe is presenting calm and rational discussion, while Ms. Gallagher is falling back on emotional appeals without much of anything to back them up. Much as I am loathe to direct people to Gallagher's blog (referenced above), it does make for interesting reading. Remember - it's always beneficial to know what the other side is saying and promoting, no matter which side you're on.

Also - Why is it that I can find scarcely a mention of yesterday's massive rally at the MA state house, in support of gay marriage? There was a much smaller anti-gay marriage rally over the weekend, and I found extensive coverage on all the web news sites.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:03 AM