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.
Yesterday, US District Court Judge Richard Young ruled against Indiana’s statute banning marriage equality, making Indiana the latest state to see their marriage ban struck down since the US Supreme Court ruled in its historic marriage ruling last June.
Judge Young wrote, “In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as marriage – not same sex marriage.“
Congratulations Indiana – and welcome to the 21st century.
You can read more about this here.
This is something I find profoundly disappointing in my country, but what really upsets me is the blasé attitude by a majority of Americans that believe this is the price you pay for living in a free society. A “free society” somehow equates to having looser gun laws that allow purchasing and owning more and more powerful guns.
Here is a sensible article by Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons on four things America could do to help protect women from gun violence. They are all common sense solutions (e.g. prevent convicted abusers, stalkers and people subject to restraining orders from possessing a gun), but I hold out little hope that common sense solutions will be followed.
Statistics like the one shown above make me wonder if America even has a threshold that can be crossed before legislative changes are made. Back in 2012 I thought the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was our limit – I was wrong.
The ever so dreamy PA State Representative, Brian Sims, who I first wrote about back in 2012 (as one of my Men of Twittah) and more recently wrote about in my post, Lusting After Brian Sims, will be in Provincetown during Bear Week hosting a fundraiser for his campaign.
Lord knows I’ve spent a significant amount of time scouring the internet for a shirtless photograph of this handsome, progressive, gay state representative. Since I won’t be in Ptown during bear week, I’m encouraging anyone who might be there to be on the look out for this handsome Pennsylvanian sunning himself.
Want to learn more visit his website: www.sims4pa-ptown.com
Welcome to the 21st Century Wisconsin
Today U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled against Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making Wisconsin the twelfth state to see such a ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. Details here.
Happy Pride Indeed
While I’m undecided on who I will vote for Governor, I thought it would be interesting to share this video that Republican candidate, Charlie Baker, released earlier this month. Charlie is a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, and I like the fact that he shows one can be a Republican and comfortable discussing / supporting LGBT rights.
It can often seem like the Republican Party has a personal vendetta against the LGBT community. That more than anything has probably contributed to my deep distrust of the party of Lincoln. Charlie’s video shows just how far the National Republican Party needs to come – I certainly hope they start to follow his lead. Much thanks to David at WGB for initially sharing this video.
The hangover from all the parties following Oregon’s ruling yesterday, legalizing marriage for same sex couples hasn’t even faded and another state has said Adios to marriage discrimination.
Today Pennsylvania became the 10th state where a federal judge has struck down a marriage ban since the historic US Supreme Court decision. Welcome to the 21st Century Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love, just got a bit more lovely in my opinion.