Join the Impact MA staged a spirited reenacment of the Boston Tea Party at Long Wharf on April 15th. Members of the grassroots group, many in colonial attire, threw mock federal tax forms into Boston Harbor to protest unequal federal tax treatment of same-sex couples. About 100 people turned out for the presentation. As one blog commentator had predicted, the costumes were fabulous. The music alternated between America patriotic standards and popular dance music from colonial days, as the focus shifted between past and present.
The New York Times made this observation about the Boston LGBT tea party in an article about the (historically uninformed) right-wing tax day tea parties: “The only organization in Boston re-enacting the original tea party – a gay rights group – was not associated with the other demonstrations. Its protest was that in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal, married same-sex couples cannot file joint federal tax returns.”
The best article was in BU’s
Daily Free Press: http://www.dailyfreepress.com/…
Join the Impact MA used the event to continue the mobilization of a new generation of LGBT activists committed to exporting same-sex marriage to the rest of the country. The group has sponsored several rallies since the nationwide November 15, 2008 protest against passage of Proposition 8 in California.