11 July 2006

Massachusetts to reconsider gay marriage? Why?

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004. In the two years since then, some 8,000 gay and lesbian couples have married in that state. And, since then, contrary to right-wing propaganda, gay marriage in that state does not seem to have destroyed the institution of marriage. In other words, I don't think huge numbers of heterosexual married couples have sought divorce in the past two years in Massachusetts as a result of the gay couple down the street getting married. And I don't think they're going to start doing so any time soon.

However, it seems that some legislators are having second thoughts, and are trying to reverse the earlier decision via a 2008 ballot referendum. [Read story.]

What in the world are they afraid of?

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