Kimberly Atkins put a big batch of Kerry cookies out. Among them are her comments on the post-election same-sex marriage hooha in the making. Healey said:
I support traditional marriage so I would like to see a vote here in Massachusetts. I think that any time someone goes through this ballot initiative process, and collects the requisite number of signatures it is, again, a requirement of our democracy that that be put on the ballot for a vote.So, consider that Healey:
Now I know the legislature has the ability to upend that process and block that process. But I think that they would be making a mistake. In this case a very controversial court decision instituted gay marriage here, and we would have the opportunity to put this issue to rest one way or another by allowing a vote. And I think that is what we should do. I think we should have that vote.
(As a voter) I would vote for the amendment, but then I would also (as governor) introduce legislation that would institute civil unions. I think it is very important that we have legal protection for same sex couples. And I was very disappointed that the compromise legislation that was before the legislature previously that simultaneously put into place a ban on gay marriage and also instituted civil unions was not acted on. I think that was a more appropriate solution.
- Wants to strip a group of citizens -- homosexuals in this case -- of existing rights and protections.
- Believes that civil rights of a minority are a fit ballot initiative subject for a vote by the majority -- Deval Patrick firmly opposes this.
- Would propose to have the legislature begin a process of an undefined form of civil unions to "have legal protection for same sex couples." She might look up long enough to see that we currently have legal protection for same-sex couples, that which she would remove.
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