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11/17/2005

Mass 'mo marriage foe won't be pissing us off for four more years

by Jeremy Hooper

   Citing a desire to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests, one of Massachusetts's most outspoken opponents of gay marriage, state Representative Philip Travis (pic.), told the Boston Globe that he will not seek reelection in 2006. Perhaps giving more insight into his decision, Travis, a Democrat, also tells the Globe that he fears Mass. is becoming even more liberal and "that he thinks that we're losing our moral compass."

We, however, think that last claim, an obvious jab at gay marriage, is extremely unfair. A desire to marry the one who steals your heart doesn't indicate an absence of morality, it's just that not everyone's biological compass points them to the opposite sex. The ones who should truly check the state of their ethical GPS are those who dedicate the better part of their days fighting the concept of equality for all.

Mr. Travis, we salute you for your accomplishments in the twelve terms that you've served your citizens. However, we sincerely hope that in the coming years you'll come to realize that your time of recent could've have been much better spent taking on true societal ills, rather than embracing misguided bias.

Gay marriage opponent decides he won't seek another term [Boston Globe]

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