If you see this as a civil-rights issue, you should consider what this would mean if either of them was in office. If the current anti-SSM amendment loses in the November ConCon, the next governor gets a pass. If not, he or she will face the passions, lobbying, and general time sink of the process.
We've covered this repeatedly, such as here. It's fair to note that the positions have not changed as the candidates told the Herald's editorial board. Basically, Reilly says he's only played by the rules all along and Patrick says such rights should never be up for plebiscite.
Waffle Watch: Reilly used to oppose SSM, but has been on board since shortly after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of it (law of the land, don't ya know). That has not changed. Chris Gabrieli has been a SSM supporter and claims to have lobbied vigorously for it as law. However, his campaign is one of moderation and compromise. He's willing to let the amendment process follow its course.
As the Herald's Kimberly Atkins analyzed the meeting:
Gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick blasted rival Attorney General Tom Reilly’s decision to certify a ballot question seeking to ban gay couples from marrying, a move Reilly defended while stating his support for same-sex marriage.Patrick disagrees strongly on two points:
Reilly said he followed state constitutional law in allowing a ballot initiative defining marriage as between one man and one woman to go on the ballot in 2008, and subsequently defending the move before the state’s highest court. But Patrick said the issue should not be subject to a vote.
- Reilly "didn’t have a constitution obligation to certify the question (and) I wish he hadn’t because all it has done is prolong a debate that most of us have had enough of. "
- On apporoving the ballot initiative, "On a questions of civil rights, no. Because frankly if voters had weighed in on the Loving decision, people would have said: ‘this is the way we want it.’”
More on the Meeting: Check the BlueMassGroup for a discussion of the larger issues of the Herald's session.
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