Monday, March 08, 2004
Not only would this be a huge blow to couples who would like to come to Massachusets to get married as virtually no other state recognizes same sex marriages officially, but even Fritz and I might be turned away as I am a Mass. resident but he is from New Hampshire. Unfortunately, I have every confidence that Romney, Finneran and the others who are working so hard against us will use any ploy they can to avoid marrying as many gay and lesbian couples as possible.
The Advocate recommends checking with local gay legal organizations before planning trips into the state to get married. Bill and Kent who live in Connecticut could be affected by this little-known law as could thousands and thousands of others.
I was at a dinner on Saturday night and met a local IRS manager who couldn't believe Martha Stewart got convicted or even that she had been brought to trial. He said that for the tiny amount of money involved, and given the government's flimsy case, it made no sense at all except that he felt she was a target as a celebrity. He said that if we really knew the extent of the tax cheating that goes on that the IRS knows about but cannot get to court (or even find due to their obsolete computer systems), we would be absolutely stunned.
The Constitutional Convention begins again this Thursday and will face anti-gay marriage amendments all over again. Social Justice groups have calmly reasoned public information ads on all the local stations informing people why full rights for gays are essential and how they do not harm the heterosexual world in any way. The Catholic Church in Massachusetts will, of course, come out with guns blazing against us even as it enters what may well be its death throes.
The insurance companies that covered the Church for liability have declined to contribute to the 85 million dollar priest sex abuse settlement. Beset by severely declining numbers in the pews on Sundays on the one hand, and the fact that very few young Catholic men are becoming priests any more on the other, the Diocese is going to close a large number of huge old parish churches. Many are historic buildings with no money for proper repairs that are beginning to fall apart. The Catholic faithful, still punchy and feeling betrayed by the sex scandal and the disastrous cover-up, are up in arms against the new archbishop for taking what seems like their last refuge away. The less emotional of them on the TV interviews admit honestly that the churches are virtually empty on Sundays. That some of these chuches are in what used to be unbelievably active and populous Catholic bastions like South Boston only serves to point up the massive decline of the Catholic Church; truly, part of the very bedrock nature of Boston is fading away fast (and well about time in my personal opinion). Unfortunately, the Church will try to buy a little time for itself by spreading hate and discrimination in an effort to unite what few of its flock are left