If you haven't felt the motivation to safeguard marriage equality in Massachusetts, spend a few minutes with today's BayWindows. The lead Could it happen here? by Ethan Jacobs should make you pick up your pen and your handset.
Voting on a minority's civil rights is wrong. The article describes the flood of money with the lies and skeleton rattling tactics that will accompany it if the amendment advances to the 2008 ballot.
It will be a pathetic whine and far too late and faint when the libertarian, let-the-people-vote types face regret after such a campaign. Most obviously, that would be brutally divisive to our culture and society. More important, it would be a shameful precedent for voting on the existing rights of any minority that some subset of us dislikes and wants to punish.
Here, we have been strongly against such abuses of ballot initiatives in this state and elsewhere. Over at his main blog and last week's column in IN Newsweekly, Ryan Adams calls for the long overdue refinement of the amendment machine as well.
As a buddy at a high company used to say frequently, "It's a scary world." We can help make ours a little less scary by sending the hate-mongers home by helping stop this amendment drive.
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