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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 14, 2007

Today the Massachusetts legislature will vote on a constitutional amendment define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In a legislature dominated by self-identified Catholics, it's nip-and-tuck whether the proposal will win approval from just one-fourth of the legislators: the minimum necessary to put the marriage amendment on the statewide ballot.

The Boston Herald, supposedly the conservative newspaper in town, wants the issue to go away. This morning's Herald editorial argues that the legislators shouldn't be shy about killing the amendment by themselves, without allowing the citizens to vote. After all, the Herald reasons,

Each year they vote on how to spend tens of billions of our tax dollars; they even vote on how each of us should be taxed. And they are called upon countless times to vote on just the kind of social policy the dissenters in Goodridge referenced.

In the Goodridge case, the top court in Massachusetts changed the definition of marriage marriage. No big deal, the Herald says; legislators make decisions like that "countless times."

Name one.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2007 2:39 PM ET USA

    Is anyone else getting this crazy vibe that democracy is starting to fail?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2007 10:22 PM ET USA

    Of course, anyone who's ever skimmed through an issue knows that the Herald is not a "conservative" newspaper - they just don't hew to the liberal party line with the same iron, Stalinist discipline that the Globe does. And they have a better sports page.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2007 5:54 PM ET USA

    And a big tip of the hat to all those courageous Massachusetts Bishops and their splendid catechesis and tough fraternal correction of those borderline Catholics over the past 40 years. You have truly sown beyond our wildest expectations.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2007 5:22 PM ET USA

    What per centage of the members of the Massachussetts legislature are "Catholic?" I'll bet it is well over 50%. The Catholic Church has no one to blame but herself. She has failed to properly catechize her children. Like the over indulgent parent, she has ruined her children. Now she can reap the whirlwind.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2007 10:23 AM ET USA

    We should look in horror at Massachusetts and see much of the "handwriting on the wall" as to the future of this republic. Homosexual zealots have so ingratiated themselves into our system, and intimidated or seduced so many in power that they pose one of the greatest internal threats to the continuity and stability of this country, and anywhere they can exert their baleful influence. Homosexual victories only anticipate their utter defeat as this society becomes increasingly unfit for all.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2007 10:02 AM ET USA

    What the Herald fails to mention is the examples of decisions made by the legislators are related directly to how the government is to be run and administered. When it comes to moral issues, they demand to be debated in the public forum on many diffrent levels at an extened period of time. To leave these issues behind closed doors in any government robs it's citizenry of particpating in the democratic process where people have a responsibility to be involved.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2007 9:33 AM ET USA

    Democracy in action? Or apostate Catholics in action?

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