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    would be a lot easier if a Dem took the Statehouse....

    Great Article Fred. I saw it originally at Talk to Action (Your welcome for the plug :-)

    ANd thanks for pointing out how we progressives in MA can help.

    ARB

    •  You can help by (none)
      donating to MassEquality, the political umbrella organization that successfully lobbied to block the first anti-gay Amendment in the legislature.

      They did it largely by making sure legislators heard from their constituents, through good, old-fashioned phonebanking, canvassing and other grassroots efforts. In fact, this effort led one of the sponsors of the first amendment to change his mind:


      Addressing fellow lawmakers in convention, Lees said he received more than 7,000 e-mails and post cards on the issue - the majority urging a no vote.

      "Gay marriage has begun and life has not changed for the citizens of the commonwealth, with the exception of those who can now marry," Lees explained. "This amendment which was an appropriate measure of compromise a year ago, is no longer, I feel a compromise today."  (innewsweekly sept 22 2005)

      It takes only 50 legislators to put this new, far more draconian amendment on the ballot. And fighting a ballot initiative is far more expensive than stopping the measure in the legislature. Considering Focus on the Family has a budget larger than all gay rights organizations put together, it will be a huge uphill battle.

      If you're in the Boston area, they also need telephone volunteers over the next few weeks. Pay them a visit, or contribute.

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