Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

[POLITICS] Primaries Coming Up -- Please Vote

This is a general message, but particularly targeted at folks in my local area (especially Waltham and Lexington).

State primary elections are happening shortly, at least in some localities. Please pay attention to these, because they matter more than usual this year.

In Waltham/Lexington, the current state rep is Tom Stanley. He's a middle-of-the-road politician: unremarkable but decent. But he's been a quiet but consistent supporter of gay rights throughout the brouhaha of the past year. He's being challenged for the Democratic nomination by someone who, from all accounts, wants to change the state constitution to outlaw gay marriage.

I suspect this situation isn't unusual. The gay-marriage fight isn't over yet, and next year is going to be a key showdown, as the conservatives try to edit the basic laws of the land to outlaw it. There's every reason to believe they can get away with it -- the state house is pretty evenly divided, and a swing of just a few seats either way may make a big difference.

This being Massachusetts, this fight is going to play out more in the primaries than in the election itself: in many areas, it's a foregone conclusion that a Democrat will win, but it is *not* always clear where that Democrat stands on the issue. So do some research, see where your candidates stand, and if someone's running who is on the right side of the issue, please make the effort to vote for them. The primary in Waltham is September 14th; I'm not clear on whether that applies to other towns as well, but I suspect it does.

(Yes, I consider this an issue that has a "right" side and a "wrong" side. That's fairly unusual for me, but I have yet to see an argument against gay marriage that isn't wholly spurious.)

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