Marriage Attitudes in New England

Timothy Kincaid

March 13th, 2009

Sometimes I despair at the slow pace at which equality seems to progress. But when I stand back and take a good look, it becomes clear that even though we have many battle left to fight, we should not get weary because we really have won the war.

As an example, consider these two news stories out of New England:

Nearly 200 Vermont clergy are speaking out in favor of legislation pending at the Statehouse that would grant equal access to civil marriage for same-sex couples.

In fact, other than the Catholic Church, it’s not easy to find religious opposition to marriage in Vermont.

Meanwhile, in Maine it seems that marriage is not necessarily a partisan issue. And it’s so popular that the leadership changed the rules to allow more sponsors than the usual ten.

The author of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine says more than 60 legislators from both parties have signed on as co-sponsors.

There are only 186 legislators in Maine.

And in Maryland, a Republican former congressman found common cause with a freedom rider and the state Attorney General.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler appeared for the second year in a row before a General Assembly committee to testify for the legislation. This year, he was joined by former U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, who lost the Republican primary last year after 18 years in Congress, and Travis Britt, an African-American civil rights activist and widower of the late Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt, who was to be the lead sponsor of the bill before her death last year.

Lynn David

March 13th, 2009

In the 40 years since I told a friend I was gay so much has changed, and most of it in the last decade. After Lawrence v. Texas I was sure that nothing would move forward as regards marriage. Massachusetts surprised me and even in some regard frightend me because I was sure it would cause a backlash from which we could not recover. Backlash or not the fight exists, more often than not it was brought to us by those who would institute discriminatory language in state constitutions. In that respect we have lost much, but what gains we have found promise to be of major importance to the whole country. One only needs patience. Our movement need an intergenerational patience which is not so easily found among peoples without “real familial” bonds. But I am sure our family will endure and progress in gaining our equality.


March 14th, 2009

Vermont’s Civil Unions law was a very successful and necessary step that has led to this final step with marriage equality. Let marriage equality ring in Vermont. This will be an awesome step for this wonderful and beautiful state.

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