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12/01/2010

Protection from 'protect marriage' activists: Mass judge shares justice's burdens

by Jeremy Hooper

Because so many social conservatives love to talk about the never-ending persecution they supposedly receive for opposing same-sex unions:

He and his family received death threats. His mailbox mysteriously disappeared, prompting the State Police to install a surveillance camera Ireland  1291205040 0558in his bedroom window. When he gave a lecture at Boston University on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a car service with an armed guard was sent to pick him up.

Justice Roderick L. Ireland said he knew, from Boston’s busing crisis, that a judge’s decision could spark violence. But nothing, he said, prepared him for the onslaught of anger he experienced in the tumultuous days after he signed the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts in 2003.

KEEP READING: SJC nominee tells of threats [Boston Globe]
(H/t: Dick Mills)

This "culture war" has long bee a simmering hot potato waiting to explode. We see it in our Inboxes. We hear it in shared stories. We feel it in the empty chairs at holiday tables.

And if you think this is bad, just wait until a theoretical SCOTUS ruling.

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