Nine years ago today Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to perform same sex marriage. At the time, the majority of the country made a pariah out of “liberal Massachusetts” saying our state was making a mockery of the institution of marriage.
Fast forward nine years later and Massachusetts continues to have one of the lowest divorce rates of any state in the US and the majority of Americans now support same sex marriage. Additionally, all six New England states now recognize and perform same sex marriage in addition to Washington, D.C. and five other states. Much work remains, but the progress is undeniable.
Happy Anniversary to all those couples who got married nine years ago.
Although its petty of me, I love this has happened in the state that Michele Bachmann represents in Congress. For those not familiar with her, first let me say “lucky you”. Bachmann has spent much of her career blaming natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc… on the “Gay Agenda”. I’m pretty sure if a dictionary was a picture book (probably something Bachmann would endorse), if you looked up words like homophobe, racist, or xenophobe, you’d find this demented Congresswoman smiling back at you with a vacant / kind of crazy look in the eye – unsure of what I mean check out her photo below from Newsweek.
So it is with a bit of glee that I say bravo to Minnesota for joining the 21st Century and moving a step closer to legalizing same sex marriage, and with a bit of spite that I suggest putting Michele Bachmann in a padded room. Let’s just say we are going to keep her under surveillance out of concern she may hurt herself when her tiny brain realizes what’s happened back in Minnesota.
Last week Rhode Island (RI) became the 10th state in the United States to recognize same sex marriage. RI’s move to legalize gay marriage makes New England (MA, NH, ME, VT, CT and RI) the first region in the United States to recognize marriage equality as a fundamental right.
Six of the Ten states that now recognize same sex marriage are in New England – 60% of the entire country at the moment. If you throw neighboring New York into the mix that means 70% of all states that recognize marriage equality that accounts for an astounding 70%.
Any doubt what part of the US is the most progressive and open? Now if the rest of the country could join us in the 21st century…
Hard to argue with this woman’s logic.
Thought I’d share this rather poignant and unfunny cartoon from a couple of years ago. To say I regret having the second amendment in our Bill of Rights would be a massive understatement.
Funny how government is always too intrusive, too big, and completely inept in the mind of far too many conservatives, yet when they disagree with something (let’s say marriage equality) they have no issue legislating how you should live or in this case after a horrible tragedy like what happened last week in Texas, Federal aid can’t seem to arrive fast enough.
Sadly, the hypocrisy on display by Governor Rick Perry (TX) and that state’s US Senators goes far beyond Texas. This just happens to be the latest example.
One week ago today the US Senate failed to muster the 60 votes needed for the Manchin-Toomey amendment; falling four votes shy. The amendment called for background checks on all commercial sales of guns; polling suggests nearly 90% of the American public support this issue. Outraged, I posted the names of all those US Senators who voted “No” in my blog post, here.
Since that time my outrage has grown. There is not a single aspect of any American’s life that doesn’t require some degree of “background checks” but it seems with the sole exception of buying a gun. So I’ve started to compile a list of things that we all do which either require a background check, signing in to a registry or have some form of “reporting” to ensure we are who we say we are.
- Applying for work
- Applying for a loan, credit card / bank account
- Buying a home or renting an apartment
- Cashing a check
- Flying on a commercial airline
- Purchasing alcohol
- Visiting a sick friend or loved one at a hospital
- Walking into almost any office building in the US
Where else are we required to show identification, write our name on to a registry or subject ourselves to a background check? Pulling together this list only highlights the hypocrisy of those opposed to this common sense approach.
Bravo! Today France joined the right side of history by legalizing gay marriage. The debate in France has been particularly ugly including nasty debates and protests that flooded the streets of Paris, but the French Socialist-majority Assembly, passed the bill 331-225.
If you’d like to read more about this, check out the HuffingtonPost article, France Legalizes Gay Marriage After Harsh Debate, Violent Protests.
I know that I have a fair number of readers who reside in New Hampshire so I wanted to take a moment to express my dismay at the lack of Sen. Ayotte’s leadership by siding with the NRA and helping to kill the Manchin-Toomey legislation that would have asked for basic background checks for individuals looking to purchase a firearm. It is clear that she supports the NRA rather than the will of NH voters who overwhelmingly support this legislation.
I urge you to contact Sen. Ayotte to express your frustration on Twitter @KellyAyotte or you may go to her Facebook page Kelly Ayotte.
You can see what other cowards voted against this legislation here.
On Wednesday, April 17th the following US Senators voted against the will of nearly 90% of Americans who want their fellow citizens to undergo a background check before purchasing a firearm.
Go to Twitter and Facebook to share your outrage at the cowardice exemplified by these poor excuses for leaders. Let them know your disappointment in their voting down the Manchin-Toomey Background Check. Thanks to HuffingtonPost for sharing both these Twitter accounts and the photo above.
Yesterday I was invited to attend a LGBT Community and Allies Meet & Greet for US Representative Ed Markey who is running in a statewide election to fill the US Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State, John Kerry. Approximately 100 supporters crammed into the backroom at Stella’s to hear what US Rep. Ed Markey had to say.
While I entered the room not particularly invested in the election and undecided, I left knowing I will vote for Ed Markey.
For those interested in this sort of thing, the Special Election primary will be on Tuesday, April 30th and the Special Election will follow on Tuesday, June 25th. I’ve included a couple of pictures that I took at the ‘meet & greet’ at Stella’s in Boston’s South End. Thank you to those nice enough to pose for a pic.
After France’s Senate voted Friday to approve a law that would allow gay couples to wed and adopt, the government – in a surprising move – called for a final vote on the bill in the National Assembly by Wednesday, April 17th; more than a month ahead of schedule. Read more here.
Thanks to Frenchie and the Yankee for the tip.
I was going to write an emphatic and emotionally charged post in response to President Obama’s speech about gun control but in the middle of my rant I thought “What is the point?” With more than 90% of Americans wanting background checks for people who purchase fire arms – it is tough to understand why US Senate Republicans have said they will filibuster and prevent a vote to take place. The really sad part of this story is that even if these Senators did allow a vote to take place, I don’t actually believe the US Senate (let alone the US Congress) would pass the legislation – to say I’m depressed is an understatement.
President Obama gave an impassioned speech today in Connecticut in favor of passing legislation that would mandate background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun. If you care about these things, watch the video below.
In the 2004 election, marriage equality advocates were on their heels after losing at the ballot box in eleven states. At the time, only Massachusetts recognized same sex marriage and many saw these defeats as a repudiation of my state’s insistence to recognize the rights of gays and lesbians.
Fast forward less than a decade and the tide of public opinion has shifted in favor of legalizing same sex marriages. Proof of that was the four wins in the November 2012 elections regarding same sex marriage. Hoping to capitalize on the change of heart, the campaign arm of the House Democrats launched what has turned out to be their most successful online campaign ever.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reports that it has seen more than 10 million views on its Facebook page and nearly half a million Facebook likes. If you’d like to show your support on Facebook like this page.