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... and then there were forty-five. Tonight, I am a big fan of Governor John Baldacci for having the political courage to change his mind about whether civil unions are an acceptable substitute for marriage, and I hope that New Hampshire Governor John Lynch comes to a similar conclusion over the next few weeks. Plus, I continue my secret crush on Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe for being calm, reasonable New England Republicans like I recall in abundance from my youth before they were hunted to near extinction by Bible Belt conservative snipers.

As much as stories like these concerning the march of social progress are inspiring, there always seems to be a bitter wake that New York and California are so slow to join up. And, in one way, that's fair. But to be honest, there is another part of me that is glad for the wave that we have. It would be too easy to frame the issue as a culture war if the early advances were happening in gay meccas like San Francisco and New York. But instead, it's happening in C-list state capitols like Montpelier, Des Moines, and Augusta. These aren't ultra-liberal governments doing what is gay-friendly, they are pragmatic governments recognizing that their citizens deserve equal protection under the law. And that's got to be even more scary to the National Organization for Marriage, because a limited government, individual rights, basic fairness argument might gain traction somewhere like Montana or even Alaska. All the same, I hope that my beloved home state and my also-beloved post-college state don't show up too late for the party. Rhode Island looks small, but it gobbles up all of the best hors d'oeuvres.

Re: Remember the Maine

Date: 2009-05-07 04:37 am (UTC)
piranha: hate is not a family value,rainbow-coloured (anti-shrubwads)
From: [personal profile] piranha
yes, those are very good points, and i am coming around to seeing it that way. i think i was mostly scared that wow, if even california can't make it happen, or rather, can't protect same-sex marriage from being taken away (a much harsher downer than not getting there to begin with), that's a terribly bad sign for gay marriage overall.

but you're right, it's actually a good thing that this can't just be swept under the carpet as instigated by "those liberal hippies".

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