This diary comes directly from my original post about organizing to lean on anti-equity legislators. That post was made as a response to Kira’s diary “Next steps for marriage equity”
Dear Charlie on the T and others around MA (6.00 / 3)
Let’s network through Patrick campaign contacts, progressive dems, etc. within the districts of the 62 anti-equity reps. Then, call, write, e-mail,visit these guys, get your friends and family to do it also, and try to convince them either to abstain from voting in the next ConCon round, or to switch their vote.
I live in Malden. In the fall and last week, I carried my little home-made sign that says,”I’m straight, I’m happily married, and I support marriage for all–the happiness of others enhances mine.”
My representatives, Sen. Tisei aned Rep. Fallon, both voted to squash the anti-equity amendment. However, Sen. Donato, who has constituents through part of Malden and Medford and elsewhere (?) voted to pass the damned thing forward.
I am linking with Medford’s Patrick people and hope to find Malden folks also, to push on Donato to convince him at least to abstain. My understanding is that Donato had indicated to a fellow legislator that he would support marriage equity, but then did not. Donato apparently is following two things, that he thinks his constituents are anti-gay marriage, and that he himself thinks gay marriage is wrong because of his own religious beliefs. Switching Donato to a pro-equity vote is less likely than switching him to an abstention. When I called Donato’s office after the vote, the staffer’s comments and rigidity lead me to suspect that abstention is the best we could get. But that would be enough.
We should emphasize the influx of out-of-state money for anti-democratic and anti-Democratic campaigns that will accompany the anti-equity amendment if it reaches a general election ballot. This puts all Democratic positions throughout the state, into a more perilous position, as well as occupying MA people who might otherwise be able to help in other states.
For the 62 anti-marriage members, do we have BlueMassGroup members in their districts–or at least for 6-9 of them? We only need to get the number of anti-marriage votes below 50. With change from the Nov. elections, we gained about 5 pro-marriage votes, so that the 62 should go to 57 or so. Soooo..can we work to get some abstentions, some switches?
Please, if you are interested in particular in working in Medford on Donato, e-mail to me off-group. I have several names of people who are planning to go work on
“May I see your papers please”
by: baba bumazhka @ Tue Jan 09, 2007 at 23:55:05 PM EST