Saturday, November 11, 2006

Brave Legislators Deserve Thanks

On Thursday the anti-gay marriage amendment was finally defeated. 109 brave lawmakers voted to recess until January 2nd, smashing any chance of the amendment passing.

These legislators did the right thing on Thursday. Now they are facing the heat from the anti-gay opposition. Many of the legislators I have talked to said that they are being flooded with anti-gay callers yelling
at them for their vote.

The anti-gay organization, VoteOnMarriage, has issued a WEB ALERT encouraging members to call legislators. They blast the lawmakers for their vote, calling them cowards, and then provide a link to make it easy for people to contact their representatives.

We need to call the legislators that stood up for civil rights and thank them. What a shame it
will be if they hear more from the anti-gay people yelling at them than the fair-minded people thanking them.

Call and email these courageous legislators today. They took a stand and deserve to be thanked for their actions. Please let them know that you appreciate their vote.

This is the WEB ALERT that VoteOnMarriage has issued:

Express your outrage over the vote to recess

One hundred and nine legislators voted yesterday to recess the Constitutional Convention without voting on the citizen-initiated Marriage Amendment. This was an outrageous and undemocratic action taken by these legislators and they must hear from you today.

The cowardly legislators recessed until January 2, 2007, the last day of the current session of the Legislature. This was done on purpose. If they had voted to adjourn the Constitutional Convention as opposed to recessing, Governor Romney would be bound by the state constitution to call them back into session until a vote was taken.

You need to call you legislators today.Your legislator voted in support of recessing the convention and you need to express your outrage at their blatant disregard for the constitution and the people's will. You need to tell them that they have betrayed the people's trust and disregarded the oath of office that they took when they were sworn in as legislators.

Use the link below to find to find a script and a phone number for their office.


At 1:48 PM, Blogger John Hosty said...

Chris, it was great to see you at the ConCon, and on channel 7 when the recess was called. Seeing you jump up and down apitimized the sentiments of the gay community. I am so very glad we have such great young leaders like yourself.

Incidentally we posted similar thank you articles on our websites the same day. That put a smile on my face since we are friends and we share a lot of the same views.

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really saddens me to see BlueMassGroup demanding to see a vote on this. It was cool to see John arguing over there, but it seems like now the elections over they want us to take our "proper place" at the back of the bus. Why do we need a Constitutional amendment on health care, anyway?

At 10:13 AM, Blogger said...

I think that is a good observation. We have problems on our side too. Our own are thinking this fight is over when the other shoe is ready to drop. Things could get ugly very quickly if we are not vigilant, but we can't be too vigilant or else we risk losing the ears of our moderate supporters that make up the vast amjoirty on this issue. So far they have rocognized that the haters are the ones causing trouble, but that could change if we don't make sure we appraoch this issue with logic instead of simple passion. In the end it is their opinions that will save or damn us.

The issue of health care is held up on this list behind #20 on the agenda I believe. Strange that its supporters would attack us instead of ask for our help. I would have championed their cause as I think all people should have good health care.

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Chris Mason said...

Some of the comments I am reading over at BMG sound like they are coming for Mass Family Institute.

The health care amendment was not held up behind #20, it got pushed back there when the legislature voted to put it into study on July 12th.

Killing the anti-gay amendment did NOT kill the health care amendment, it was already dead.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The level of sanctimony over on BMG is bewildering. I actually had one of the amendment pushers, a straight woman, lecturing me on why my "gay brothers and sisters" need the health care amendment.

To be honest, I don't see why a constitutional amendment on health care is any more needed than one on flag burning. Why is David positioning it as a litmus test for the progressive movement?

And why is he more interested in hearing from Republican state Committee member Cynthia Stead (aka Peter Porcupine) than gay people?


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