Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mazel Tov, Mass!

It's time to stomp on the glass!

This just in from the Associated Press: Massachusetts lawmakers just blocked the public from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the only state that currently recognizes the unions.

"The narrow 45-151 vote means Massachusetts remains the only state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry," AP reports. "The question needed the approval of 50 of 200 senators and representatives to advance to the 2008 ballot."

SUCH good news! This happened just moments ago, and it is fantastic news. Congratulations to those 151 lawmakers who had the courage to fight this ban. And congratulations to all those couples who are still, apparently, legally married, thank G-d.

I've never quite understood people who are anti-gay. What's your main beef with it? Religious? It just doesn't sit right with you? And what of parents whose children happen to be gay and still oppose gay marriage, or as most of us call it, just "marriage"? Someone once said to me that a parent is only as happy as her unhappiest child. And boy, is that true. How could I in good conscience oppose something that would provide my child with the life he or she wants, especially when that life is open to every other mother's child who chooses a different-sex partner?

It's great to live in a state that affirms everyone's right to a lifetime legally-sanctioned partner. May other states soon realize that there is never a loss of "sanctity" as long as the two people in question intend to keep the vows they are making.

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