The people of Massachusetts have made our voices mightily clear on where we stand for marriage equality. Will Senator John Kerry join us?
It’s now 2008 and oh how things have changed since 2004! There are many reasons why Senator Kerry should now support marriage equality, listed below:
- The Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform supports marriage equality.
- Sen. Kerry represents the people of Massachusetts where marriage equality is an overall non-issue.
- Sen. Kerry is no longer running for President and doesn’t need to “move to the center”.
- Every single state legislator that has voted for marriage equality has been re-elected.
- Many legislators that were opposed to marriage equality have been booted out.
- Our other Senator, Ted Kennedy (we love you Ted!), indeed does support marriage equality.
- Marriage equality was/is used as a major point of different between Kerry and opponent Ed O’Reilly in the run for Kerry’s Senate position. (This again shows the views of the party and was used as a negative against John Kerry)
- Oh, and the little point of EQUALITY.
And yet even with all of those points above Senator John Kerry still does not support marriage equality.
Now, I understand political pragmatism. It is exactly why Barack Obama does not support civil marriage, but only civil unions for same-sex couples and why Sen. Kerry took the same stance in 2004.
But more than that, John Kerry used to actively work against marriage equality. He called for a constitutional amendment when he was running for President in 2004 and the next year in 2005 was (is?) opposed to marriage equality being in the Mass Dems platform.
And since O’Reilly’s opposition to him, Senator Kerry has softened his stance against gay marriage as a politically calculated move by trying to walk a tightrope of being against a constitutional amendment, but being for a separate but unequal form known as civil unions.
Enough is enough. The time has come to adopt an inclusive view of equality.
Read more below the fold about constitutional arguments, the differences between civil marriages and civil unions, and how to contact Senator John Kerry.