November 18th, 2013 the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Opponents made doomsday predictions about how this would destroy traditional marriage. History has proven those arguments were nothing more than thinly veiled homophobic rantings.
I would imagine the fact that the very, very gay friendly state of Massachusetts having the lowest divorce rate per capita in the United States is a very inconvenient truth for those who continue to oppose same sex marriage on the basis that it harms the institution of marriage.
Did you know that starting last Sunday, you can now purchase alcohol starting at 10 a.m. – instead of waiting until 12 Noon?
WBUR.org shares more information on this inn their post, Mass. “Blue Laws” Change to Allow Liquor Stores to Sell Alcohol 2 Hours Earlier on Sunday.
Gay Republican, TIsei, endorsed by Bay Windows
Bay Windows, New England’s premiere newspaper for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, has done something inconceivable – it has endorsed a Republican running for a U.S. Congressional seat.
Richard Tisei (R) is running for Massachusetts 6th Congressional District and as Bay Windows writes, “Tisei is a pro-choice, pro-gay, and qualified for congress. Oh, and he’s gay.” That’s right America, Massachusetts is now ready to export, out & proud gay Republicans. This will be maddening for conservative pundits like Limbaugh and Huckabee. Can you imagine them frothing at the mouth as they say things like “US Republican Congressman, Richard Tisei’s husband…”
More importantly Tisei’s presence could build bridges and help end the war his party has waged on the LGBT community since the 1980s. I don’t mean to infer that electing Tisei will single-handidly change the Republican party’s homophobic attitude toward homosexuality but it certainly adds an interesting dynamic and guarantees Tsei a national platform to talk openly about LGBT concerns. He isn’t afraid of challenging his party. After all he boycotted his own party’s convention when Republicans in our state added language opposing marriage equality. And you know what – he still beat there ass. I can’t wait for this showdown and wish Richard success at the ballot box on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
Foliage is definitely peaking in and around Boston just in time for next weekend’s Head of the Charles Regatta. Check out this photograph my friend Slobodan snapped in a town just south of Boston this past Friday.
Last week my friend Tony pointed out that in 2013 Business Insider published the findings of a national poll that found our fellow Americans thought those of us from Massachusetts had the weirdest accents in the country.
For the record, we didn’t receive the dubious honor of being named the rudest state nor arrogant; that was reserved for New York. However, Massachusetts was also named the smartest state.
You may read all the results from Business Insider, here.
I know some will not be pleased with my continued advocacy for legalization of marijuana and my frustration with Massachusetts stonewalling the opening of shops for medicinal sales.
This week Coloradans raised a lot of eyebrows when it was reported marijuana tourism is creating an economic boom for Colorado ski towns with some reporting that as much as 90% of the recreational pot being purchased is coming from tourists. In April Reuters reported Colorado expected to bring in $98 million in revenue, exceeding the state’s expectations by 40%. Now numbers of more than $100 million in new tax revenue are expected.
I’m not being naive about potential problems with full legalization of marijuana, but since the state seems so enthralled with legalizing gambling, I figure one vice is as good as another and at least with the case of marijuana one might expect to see a rise in tourism. Sorry Revere, MA but no matter how amazing you make your casino (and I doubt that it will actually be amazing) I find it hard to believe it will help increase tourism to the state. There are regional casinos in mediocre towns through out the US already, but full legalization of marijuana remains quite rare and would provide a unique distinction. If legalized, I’d propose following 4th of July and before Bear Week in Ptown they create a new theme week called “Pot Week in Ptown”. I bet Spiritus Pizza would have a banner week. ;-)
On Tuesday our State Senate approved an economic development bill that had a provision in it that gives cities and towns more control over liquor licenses. Massachusetts currently caps the number of licenses allowed in a city or town, mandating that any requests for additional licenses must be brought before the State Legislature.
The Senate’s vote runs counter to The House which did not include the liquor license proposal is its version of the same bill. That means the next step is to bring the bill to a committee tasked with writing a compromise; lets hope that they maintain the liquor license plan in the final bill. If you feel strongly about this, I suggest you contact your state representative.
Don’t know your representative or how to reach them? Link Here.