Sara Whitman

Massachusetts Equality Opponents At It Again

Filed By Sara Whitman | August 28, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Media, Politics
Tags: Brian Camenker, marriage, marriage equality, Massachusetts, MassResistance, out of state marriage, same-sex marriage

Seems the folks in Massachusetts that are against equality- you know, the ones who think marriage is only for them, not everyone, the laws and systems cannot be shared equality without having them get cooties- have successfully petitioned the Attorney General's office to get a ballot question to repeal the .. um repeal of the 1913 ban on out of state folks getting married here.

Why? Because they hate anything that smells like equality for gays and lesbians.

Why? Because they are certain all of the LGBT movement is aimed at sending them to hell.

Why? Because. Oh, just because they have money in their pockets and clearly nothing positive to contribute to society.

And I have to point out, Brian Camenker quoted in the piece? His group is about 100 people. Total. Statewide. Equal time in the press, tiny group. But don't get me started...

Validated Monday by Attorney General Martha Coakley, a citizen petition to undo a recent law favored by advocates for the gay community is shaping up as the newest confrontation in the Bay State over the rights of same-sex couples.

The petition would reverse the July 31 repeal of a 1913 law that banned same-sex non-resident couples from marrying in Massachusetts. Proponents hailed the repeal as a blow to discrimination while opponents blasted Massachusetts for "exporting" its marriage policies to other states.[...]

Camenker, who heads MassResistance, described the same-sex rights lobby as a "small special interest group" and said lawmakers "underestimated" the anger and passion surrounding the issue.

Camenker was particularly incensed that lawmakers attached an emergency preamble to the 1913 law repeal, a fairly common practice but one that prevents petitioners from delaying the law's implementation. Under the rules governing referendum petitions, if backers gather the required signatures within the allotted timeframe, the underlying law is suspended until the voters weigh in. But laws treated as emergency measures by the Legislature are not subject to delay.

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And GLAD's planning on suing if these people do get the signatures to put this on the ballot in 2010.

Jeez. They lost. They should go find another state to torment.

Yes, I wish that they would leave us alone here in Mass. But phobes will be phobes.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | August 28, 2008 8:25 PM

I suspect that if these wankers "succeed" in getting yet another initiative on the ballot, they'll just ensure that Mass residents view them increasingly as the religious extremists and cranks that they are.