Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Finally, 1913s Half Repealed

Land O' Goshen, the dreadful vestige of Jim Crow still on the Massachusetts books is half way to repeal. The set of four laws passed in 1913 to placate the anti-miscegenation states went down in the commonwealth's Senate this afternoon.

Tomorrow or Thursday should finish the job when the action moves to the House.

As late as noon today, one of our local bigoted, anti-gay groups, Massachusetts Family Institute was still pretending that these laws had nothing to do with any discrimination. They also continued their irrational fear mongering with a lead of :

The Massachusetts Senate is voting this afternoon on a bill that would repeal the so-called “1913” law and start the exporting of same-sex “marriage” from the Bay State to states across the nation. This repeal would create havoc the long-standing tradition of respecting the right of other states to define marriage as they choose.

More rational and compassionate Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) said, "There are very few laws on the books that I can say that I'm ashamed that they're on the books. This is a very simple law, contrived in shame, and it exists in shame and we ought to wipe it off the books."

'Nuff said.

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