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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

The view from (near) my window.

Boston Globe staff photo by John TlumackiI spent the day in a magazine staff retreat — away from my room with a view — which means that I didn't face the temptation of standing up every minute or two to peek outside at the media vans (shown here in a Boston Globe photo that must have been taken from the balcony above my office) or the crowds that have spent the day waving flags and holding signs and alternating choruses of "Amazing Grace" and "My Country Tis of Thee." At lunch, however, I did walk up and down the block to read the signs and shake some hands. The turnout seemed smaller than yesterday's rally, but the anti-gay marriage crowd had clearly set up camp near the State House entrance and the pro-gay marriage crowd had camped directly in front of the State House steps (which, since 9/11, have ceased to be a public entrance). Now that I have time to catch up on the day's news, I'll be reading the Boston Phoenix Massachusetts Constitutional Convention blog. Let the nail-biting begin!

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 11 February 2004 at 5:40 PM

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5 comments:

Joe Perez:

February 12, 2004 06:30 AM | Permalink for this comment

LOL! "Supporters of the constitutional amendment are easy to spot: they're wearing bright yellow, circular stickers with a graphic of presumably heterosexual stick figures"

Heterosexual stick figures?! Are these anatomically correct stick figures, and if so are all orifices correctly identified for both male and female figures? I mean, how do they REALLY know these stick figures are straight? Did somebody ask them? Is this a new application of traditional natural law theology? Come now, enquiring minds want to know. :-)

Philocrites:

February 12, 2004 12:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

Read Dan Kennedy's Boston Phoenix report on religion and democracy in the Massachusetts debate. UUA President Bill Sinkford is a prominent figure in page one of the two-page story.

Joe Perez:

February 12, 2004 03:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

Dan Kennedy's reporting is a powerful witness to the action at ground zero of the gay marriage debate. Thanks for the link.

house9:

February 12, 2004 05:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

Oh my heavens. Hetero stick figures. What do their babies look like, semicolons?

Nail-biting beginning? They're bitten off to the wrists. I'm typing this with my nose.

The upshot of all of this is that dating has become more than just something to do because it stinks to be at home alone on a Friday night. I think I have a moral obligation to find a wife now.

Philocrites:

February 14, 2004 11:27 AM | Permalink for this comment

The Globe identifies three philosophical camps about gay marriage in the Massachusetts legislature, and notes: "It appeared that only five lawmakers shifted their philosophical positions during the two-day session." Talk about a close vote!



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