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07/10/2011

Kerry on: D-MA vs. DOMA, all the rest of it

by Jeremy Hooper
Screen Shot 2011-07-10 At 9.57.42 Am"Seeing is believing. Many of us who once believed civil unions were sufficient to protect legal rights because we thought of marriage as a religious sacrament between a man and a woman, have seen that no church has been forced to do anything that contradicts its teachings. But when two committed people apply for a Massachusetts marriage license, they are equal whether they are gay or straight. It’s not about a word - it’s about equality under the law."

- U.S. Senator and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, in a Boston Globe Op-Ed discussing "evolution" -- his own, the President's, and the larger nation's -- and the inevitability of legal marriage equality

Remember: This is someone who has seen firsthand the fossilized claims -- petrified impressions that they are -- and who has organically arrived at his own analytical and emotional "evolution." That should matter.

Now, the organized opposition will surely write off Kerry's comments as little more than political calculation, which they will swiftly "swiftboat" right off to Liberal Agenda Island. But at some point, if we are to be an evidenced-based society, the majority will give an intellectual premium to the state that has seen legal same-sex marriages longer than any other U.S. locale. Give credence to those who have actually seen legal gay marriages and not just the dark, ominous-soundtrack-backed portraiture that the "protect marriage" groups have sharted into the discourse.

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