The Massachusetts Family Institute sent an e-mail with an article about Gov. Romney and gay marriage, “Who will protect marriage in 2008?”, by Kathryn Jean Lopez, who writes for the National Review Online. I couldn’t find this on that site but here’s what MFI links to. Excerpts: An embrace of the marriage-protection issue on the right could put Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a good position for the 2008 presidential primaries. As Republican governor of that liberal northeastern state, he’s tried pushing back against gay marriage, in the one state where it has — thanks to the courts — become legal. Frankly, I thought the right had already warmly embraced the “marriage-protection issue.” And on how to reframe GOP opposition to gay marriage: Gay marriage isn’t an issue most like to have to talk about. Any sense that people are being deprived rights rightfully makes many squeamish. But marriage is fundamentally what it is — between a man and a woman. As Romney put it in a letter to U.S. senators this summer as they were taking up a federal marriage amendment: “Americans are tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement, and we all wish to [...]
Among many other things, this year I’m grateful for the victorious Patrick campaign. I’m also grateful to — and in awe of — an amazing grassroots organization that 1. prepared the ground even before early 2005 to make such a candidacy possible, 2. recognized the potential of Patrick’s campaign early on, and 3. followed through to the very end, producing not just a close victory but a smashing success with what must be considered a new set of expectations for how the state is going to be run.
And I’m also grateful for everyone who constructively holds forth on this site. Now that the Dems have control and no more excuses, I suspect that we’ll have a lot of productive tension on this board, because it’s critical for us to get it right from here on out. Let’s not mistake this necessary tension for “division” or “strife” (“Oh those libs are really tearing each other apart on BMG!!!” Hooey.) We need to prove that our folks are worthy of the public’s trust, and that means supporting our leaders when they’re right and telling them when they’re wrong. And we’re going to disagree among ourselves quite often. That’s how it goes. Hopefully we’ll have the courage to subject our own beliefs to the same skepticism that we apply to others’ — and to be willing to re-evaluate as necessary.
Anyway, many weeks too late, here’s a little photo scrapbook of election eve, November 7, 2006 — definitely an occasion for gratitude:
(photos on the flip)