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Audio: You can almost hear the sound of a thrown-in towel

by Jeremy Hooper

Gov. Patrick just signed into law a repeal of the 1913 law that has prevented out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in Massachusetts. But never ones to go quietly into that pro-rights night, the Concerned Women For America are still brainstorming ways that they can keep the 95-year-old measure on life support. Listen in:

(If embedded audio doesn't load for you, you can listen to it at CWA)

Oh cheer up, ladies. We all have wedding celebrations to attend!

*Audio Source: Massachusetts House Overturns "1913 Law" [CWA]

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Your thoughts

Ok now I am confused, I thought there was going to be no waiting period, what are they talking about?

Posted by: Randy | Jul 31, 2008 1:19:48 PM

Randy: Well it's possible they recorded this before the House voted to immediately enact the measure. But even so, I think they technically CAN still try and put it to a vote.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 31, 2008 1:34:49 PM

it's immediate, but the state has a 3-day waiting period for all marriages. . .that requirement can be waived by a judge.

The judges are going to be busy ;)

Posted by: gary | Jul 31, 2008 2:14:01 PM

Gary I was talking about the waiting period the ladies talk about having and needing 45000 signatures in that time to put something on a ballot.

Posted by: Randy | Jul 31, 2008 2:31:51 PM

I know this doesn't have anything to do with G-A-Y really, but I needed an outlet to discuss how incredibly misleading CWfA really are...they have this listed under the risks of birth control, specifically regarding the pill...almost all of this is entirely false...I'm on the pill and have discussed such issues with 2 of my gynocologists...just another example of the disregard these people have for actual fact...

Side effects and risk factors: Weakened immune system which may lead to bacterial infections and greater susceptibility
to AIDS; pelvic inflammatory disease, which may lead to sterility and death; infertility;44 cervical cancer (double the risk for women who take the pill for five years or more45 and increased
risk for younger first-time users46); ectopic pregnancy; shrinking of the womb; breast cancer (doubled risk for women who start younger and use it longer47); blood clots;48 heart disease;49 stroke;50 birth defects (26 percent incidence rate for major malformations, 33 percent for minor);51 mood swings and depression; breast tenderness; weight gain; no protection from STDs or AIDS.52

Weakened immune system? I've never once heard of that "side effect" of the pill.

PID and increased cervical cancer? Most pills actually have been proven to help PREVENT Cervical and Breast Cancers, and many young girls are put on the pill not as a contraceptive, but for regulation, acne, and hormone treatments...

Becoming Sterile? No scientific evidence of this has ever been shown, those conservative christians like to harp on this theory...

Blood clots, yes, I've heard, but the risk is highest (and most often occurs) in women over 35 who smoke. This is one of the first things the advertisements and your doctor will tell you before you go on the pill.

Birth defects?? I've never heard this ever...

Posted by: Stef | Jul 31, 2008 2:34:35 PM

and now, the time comes for me and my future hubby (10 days and counting) to make that decision. apply for the license Tuesday morning after we arrive on monday, wait until Friday, go to a JP, and we're legally married. oh, the anxiety of it all!

Posted by: keltic | Jul 31, 2008 2:48:44 PM

Wow, can’t they be sued for making such medical statements, or do they have the one guy they pay to do studies on nonexistent patients to write a report that the entire world discredits, but they accept cause the world just aint Christian enough?

Posted by: Randy | Jul 31, 2008 2:50:05 PM

Gambia must be lookin' pretty good to those pseudo-concerned, one-issue-centric women! Maybe they can get a package deal is all of them want to relocate at once?

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 31, 2008 3:03:10 PM

Am I missing something here? Didn't you just criticize AFA for taking images from several sites without permission? Did you obtain permission from CWFA to copy their mp3 file and post it on your site? Your mp3 is even named exactly as it is on the CWFA site. What gives?

I'm not sure giving credit at the bottom of your article to the CWFA for the mp3 file would cover you if CWFA wanted to complain about it.


Posted by: Shaun | Jul 31, 2008 3:39:36 PM

Shaun: What you are missing:

(A) CWA makes all of their audio available for download. You can either listen, or you can download your own copy. Distribution would seem to be their goal.

(B) I have sourced and attributed the audio fully to CWA, with a link back to the audio's online home. If anything, I throw traffic to their audio, which is ostensibly what they would want.

(C) My purposes are "newsy." Whereas the AFA lifted photos from a photographers personal portfolio and used them for the sole purpose of demonizing gays, I am posting CWA's audio for the purposes of web commentary. They are a "pro-family" organization who have released what is essentially an audible press release, and I am a pro-equality outlet that has utilized their promotional tool. Their audio is "newsy" to me. It is the basis for my attention. And they are free and even encouraged to use, distribute, and comment on any similar MP3s that I release (assuming they source them correctly).

This is not even close to the same thing. And quite honestly, I find it a little silly to have to justify it.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 31, 2008 3:47:27 PM

It's OK JH, I think Shaun was trying to be satirical, just happened to push your button. You, are of course, correct to use it as you see fit.
Wonderful MASS news.. Go keltic...we want pics! lol
PS I had to light a fire under 365 to even post it... they were really asleep at the wheel just gazing at their new website I guess.

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 31, 2008 3:56:09 PM

stef: I am a physician. Never take anyone's advice about your medications except from your own physician. They are the only one to know you personally and what your particular risks are. Even pharmacists make many mistakes giving advice to patients. (they also are not licensed to do so.) I am sure ALL CWfA women still use an aspirin for bc, you know holding one between your knees. It does work! .... Just really really not fun, but what would they know about that either, I am sure smiling and fun are also against their good Calvinist type values.

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 31, 2008 4:05:03 PM

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