Twenty-five years ago in November 1989, Governor Michael Dukakis signed a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, credit, and access to restaurants and other businesses. It may be hard to appreciate this milestone but this was an amazing victory for our community and would distinguish Massachusetts as a gay rights leader in the nation.
With the stroke of the pen the Massachusetts Governor ended a nasty 17-year battle and our state became only the second in the nation to pass a law protecting the employment and other rights of gays and lesbians. The Boston Globe has a great article addressing this major milestone worth reading, A key moment in gay rights fight.
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.
What an inconvenient truth. Well said Mr. President.
Much thanks to Jennifer White for sharing this.
For Millenials it must seem strange to think of Germany as two separate nations with its historic capital, Berlin, divided by barbed wire and troops patrolling with orders to shoot to kill if anyone from East Berlin tried to escape. However, that was the reality until twenty-five years ago when the Berlin wall came down; the symbolic repercussions of that event cannot be stressed strongly enough.
With all the challenges in the world today whether it pertains to nuclear proliferation, war and or outbreaks that threaten public health, it is important to recognize how much better the world has become too. A big part of that world becoming a better place is the fall of Communist Europe.
The national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, Marc Solomon, is back in Boston on Monday, November 10th at Club Cafe to kick off his national book tour to promote Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won.
The book, with a forward by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, shares the inside story of how marriage in Massachusetts was won and the state’s critical role in making this a national dialog.
Meet Marc Solomon at Club Cafe at 209 Columbus Avenue – Monday, November 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The program is free and open to the public.
Marriage Equality comes to the “Show Me State” Missouri
From the HRC website: Today Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled against Missouri’s state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Show Me State the latest state to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Lawson v. Kelly, the ACLU of Missouri sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples who argue that Missouri’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. For more information link here.
Are you eligible to vote? If you are, I’m sure you have also registered but you may be unsure of where to vote tomorrow so I wanted to share this nifty website, MA Elections and Voting.