Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Anti-Gay Bashing 

At today's constitutional convention on Beacon Hill, where one of the items on the agenda is the proposed amendment to bar marriage equality but establish civil unions for same sex couples. Rep. Emile Goguen (D, Fitchburg), an ardent marriage equality foe, will be voting against this amendment because he opposes the civil union component, and has switched his support to the even more limiting citizen petition ballot question, which would bar same sex couples from receiving marriage licenses, and would also invalidate the 6500+ current marriages between Massachusetts same sex couples, including mine and The Girl's. Do you suppose the backers of this initiative would be willing to reimburse us all for our wedding expenses?

Rep. Goguen had this to say about his quest to roll back the clock on marriage equality:
One might say, 'Give it up.' Well, I'm not giving it up, and many of us in the Legislature won't give it up. We're not voting for the Travaglini-Lees amendment. It's not right. It's just delaying, and confusing everyone in the House," Goguen said yesterday.

He further elaborated on the citizen response to his actions and statements regarding marriage rights:
Goguen said he has never in his time in public office experienced such a backlash from voters for taking a position. "I don't think you realize when you take on an issue such as this the bashing that you get not only throughout Massachusetts but to all the states adjacent to Massachusetts. The e-mails, the phone calls, the letters," Goguen said.
Interesting choice of words, "bashing." But do you think he's learned anything from this negative voter response? Apparently not.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:12 AM