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The Vincent Ciampa example

Timothy Kincaid

December 2nd, 2009

On February 11, 2004, Massachusetts State Representative Vincent Ciampa, Democrat, voted to define marriage as “one man one woman”.

Ciampa feared no one – he could do what he wanted. He served in a Democratic safe seat and had done so for 16 years. Republicans didn’t even run candidates against him.

But in Ciampa’s lived a young man named Carl Sciortino. And Carl was gay.

Although he had supported Ciampa in the past, Carl was furious that his representative had voted to define him as a second class citizen. So Carl did the unthinkable; though only 26 and having no political machine or public service experience, he ran against Ciampa.

But Sciortino had something that Ciampa was missing. He had a moral cause – to advance equality – and a community that was outraged by elected officials that endorsed discrimination. So he fought the system.

And won.



December 4th, 2009 | LINK

The New York State Senators who voted against marriage rights for gay couples need to be voted out.

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