… but there’s no reason to prevent gay people from getting married too. (And there’s every reason why preventing them from getting married is just cruel, discriminatory, and wrong.)
That’s my new appeal to fence-sitters. Do the right thing today, everyone. Vote for more marriage. Here we go …
Wayne Woodlief writes a must-read on the lobbying going on today, and it’s a feel-good story, from my perspective:
The attempt to change their minds has been extraordinary. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said a rep from a district undergoing significant gentrification, who voted for the ban last year. “I’ve gotten 600 e-mails and more than 700 postcards since last Friday. They’re running about 7-1 in favor of same-sex marriage.”
He was visited by Sue Tracy, an openly gay former legislator who brought photos of the two children adopted by her and her partner. “She talked to me about my family, her family, said we both want our kids to do well, showed me those pictures. That’s strong stuff.
“Liz Malia (the gay rep from Jamaica Plain) came by. She’s great. How do you say no to Liz Malia?”
Yet, the rep said, “Some people I’ve known all my life tell me they’ll never speak to me again if I switch my vote. I don’t know yet what I’m going to do. And there are five or six other reps just like me.”
Big-name pols also are weighing in.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has telephoned several persuadables with this message, as summed up by aide Melissa Wagoner: “Massachusetts is used to leading the nation in education, health care and biotechnology. Civil rights should be no different.”
This effort on behalf of something so manifestly positive really does our side proud. But we’re not content with moral victories — we gotta win today.