Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Splitting the Marriage Baby

From Ellen Goodman:

Talk about shotgun marriages. The Massachusetts Legislature finally found a way to unite the opponents on either side of the gay marriage debate. These enemies are now wed in anger at the politicians.

On Monday, the Legislature narrowly approved an amendment to the state Constitution that would simultaneously ban same-sex marriages and establish civil unions. This dual deal was taken as a piece of double-dealing. It dismayed the folks bearing posters that read "No Civil Rights for Sodomites" almost as much as those carrying placards that said "No Discrimination in the Constitution."

Solomon would be proud. At last, a compromise that makes absolutely no one happy.


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