Massachusetts law makers pushed forward the proposed ban to make same sex marriage illegal in it’s state. Although 132 voted against the ban, 62 members voted to get rid of gay marriage. Since the cutoff to keep a proposition alive is 50 votes, this one will appear for further consideration on the next legislative which then has the possibility of appearing on the next ballot in 2008.
So what effect would this proposed amendment have on Massachusetts marriages? It would clearly define that Massachusetts marriages would only be legal between a man and a woman. Therefor, same sex marriage would no longer be considered legal. And all the current same sex marriages in Massachusetts would be safe. If this amendment was voted in, it would have an effect on the same sex marriages that took place before it came into effect. All of the gay marriages occurring in Massachusetts prior to this ban would be grandfathered in. I just don’t understand why the fear of gays in this state.
Currently, Massachusetts is one of very few states to recognize same sex marriages. Which, being from Massachusetts myself, I am quite proud of. I personally do not agree with this ban and will vote against it when given the opportunity. Currently the number of couples that have had same sex marriages performed is up around 8,000. I personally hoped that once same sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts that other states would soon follow.
The Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, actually called the advancement of this ban “a huge victory for the people of Massachusetts”. Well, he does not speak for me and has lost my support over this. Well, I don’t know if he ever really had my support, he’s pretty goofy but that is neither here not there. He is using this as his rallying point for his run for office in the next election. Does he really get offended by same sex marriages so much that he would support that a ban on it be passed? I bet not.
Personally I don’t understand why this bothers people so much. If everyone would think about themselves we would be a lot better off in life. I say let Henry and Martha worry about Henry and Martha not about Sally and Cindy. My opinion on the matter is that legal Massachusetts marriages should continue to include same sex unions from now until the end of time.