In case you haven't followed or analyzed the key issues, head to her piece for some clarity. She notes:
- We have representative democracy, not plebiscites, in no small part to avoid majorities tyrannizing minorities.
- The let-the-people-vote gimmick our commonwealth constitution, which to quote SJC chief Justice Margaret Marshall is "more protective of individual liberty and equality than the federal Constitution."
- The VoteonMarriage people and local R.C. Bishops are muddling civil contract law and their personal religion. "The question before the court in 2003, like the question before the Legislature meeting in Constitutional Convention on Wednesday, is about the civil, not the religious, definition of marriage. The issue is not who shall be blessed, but who shall be licensed."
Here, we think this long and divisive effort to strip rights from one group and to illegally try to overturn a court decision show what we have to do. The abuse of ballot initiatives illustrates clearly how perverted they have been by anti-democratic, anti-gay, anti-civil-rights groups. The legislature needs leadership, either internally or from a new governor and attorney general. They need to fine-tune the process and return it to the legal safeguard it was when first added to our rights here.
Let us be plain. We should never permit the majority to vote on civil rights for a minority.
To Wednesday, the Globe editorial board seems pretty Pollyannaish about it all. Gee whiz, you kiddies in the General Court. By gum, your job is to vote this amendment down. That'll show 'em.
The amendment is more than cruel, it is unconstitutional. It should never have gotten this far, even with 125,000 or so coerced signature. We can lay this monster at the feet of Mitt Romney, Tom Reilly and Sean O'Malley; its there baby more than the Mass Family folk.
No matter how it loses -- the SJC ruling it illegal, the ConCon not voting on it, a down vote at the ConCon, or otherwise, it needs to go down. Then beyond it, the momentum needs to go into the legislative process. Let's make sure that those who would trample on any minority get a loud, "NO!"
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