Sunday, September 24, 2006

Healey's Anti-Marriage Equality

Over at Know Thy Neighbor, Tom Lang gets down on Kerry Healey's attacks on same-sex marriage, as well as on running mate Reed Hillman's lickspittle me-too. Lang wants to keep it in voters' minds that the GOPeers want to rescind marriage rights and substitute a yet-to-be-defined civil union structure.

That must be more of that Republican just trust us campaigning...sops for the simpleminded.

Lang points out that Deval Patrick and his running mate Tim Murray are strongly in favor of same-sex marriage. They want the current anti-SSM petition to lose at November Constitutional Convention.

Lang also quotes himself from a speech he gave for Deval at a fundraiser:
I look at Equal Rights along these lines. I don't consider it as an 'issue' to be discussed BY candidates but as the 'qualifying factor' for any candidate to be worthy of OUR consideration…
And Healey's position? When she hid behind Mitt's three-piece, it was simply that she disapproved of SSM and would begrudgingly accept civil unions. Lang got Healey spokeswoman Amy Lambioso to expand on this in June. She said of her boss:
"Kerry is against same-sex marriage but for civil unions. She is for the amendment to ban same-sex marriage and would vote for it if it reaches the ballot in 2008. If elected Governor, Healey will work on civil union legislation." When asked by KnowThyNeighbor what the language would be in Healey's "civil union" proposal i.e. "civil unions with all the rights of marriage" or "civil unions with rights 'to be determined,'" we were told, "it is premature to ask that as that would not be until 2008."

Don't think that Reed Hillman, who is Healey's and the GOP's choice for Lt. Governor is any better. When KnowThyNeighbor asked what Hillman's stance was on the subject, the spokeswoman told us, "Reed Hillman believes in everything that Healey does." When I responded with, "surely there must be something that Hillman would like to add or clarify in a statement, " I was told, "No, everything that Kerry Healey says is EXACTLY what Hillman says.
So, there we go. If you want to take existing rights away from homosexuals, you know which team to choose. In contrast, the good guys are for full civil rights, including gay rights. As Healey likes to say, the choice is clear.

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