Tag Archives: Massachusetts

New From Sean Bielat

Sean Bielat is trailing miles behind Rep. Barney Frank (10 to 25 points, depending on whose poll you believe), so today he takes a disco potshot at Frank via a woman in a fat suit.

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DOJ Appeals DOMA Overturn

Some of you will view this as good thing. Via Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly: In a move expected by most legal observers, the U.S. Department of Justice this afternoon filed notices of appeal in two cases striking down the federal definition of marriage, contained in the Defense of Marriage Act, as unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro had …

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What Will The DOJ Do About DOMA?

Box Turtle Bulletin’s Timothy Kincaid reminds us: By my counting, today is the day that the Department of Justice must file an appeal to the court ruling which found that portions of the Defense of Marriage Act to violate the US Constitution. If not challenged, this decision would allow residents of Massachusetts who are in a same-sex marriage to have …

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P-Town Holds LGBT Youth Suicide Vigil

Last night JMG reader Scott emailed us these cell-cam photos of Provincetown’s vigil for LGBT youth. Don’t forget tonight’s vigil in NYC, mentioned two posts below this one.

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Remember This Nutjob Woman?

She’s now running for Barney Frank’s seat. Fast forward to this year, the questioner, Rachel Brown, is challenging the 15-term Democrat’s re-election bid. Brown said her exchange with Frank inspired her to run against him in the Democratic primary in the state’s 4th Congressional District. “I didn’t realize at the time that if you had a better idea, you should …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Catholic High Schoolers Rally In Support Of Lesbian Dean

Students at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts took to the streets this weekend to express their disgust over the forced resignation of their dean, Christine Judd, who was asked to leave the school after 12 years because she had married a woman over the summer break. “Without being specific to this matter, it should be clear that all employees …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Judge Who Authored 2003 Gay Marriage Ruling To Retire

Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, the author of the historic 2003 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, has announced her retirement. Marshall said at a news conference that her husband, former New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and she was leaving “so that Tony and I may enjoy our final seasons together.” “Tony and I are …

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Quote Of The Day – Andrea Lafferty

“We can’t allow the lowest common denominator states, like Massachusetts, to set standards for the country.” – Andrea Lafferty of the SPLC-certified hate group, the Traditional Values Coalition, as quoted by the Associated Press. We’re standing by for the AP to go to the KKK for a quote the next time black civil rights is in the news.

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Maddow Show On DOMA Ruling

Starring our hero, MA Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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DOMA RULING #1: Massachusetts Vs. U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services

I’ve uploaded the PDF of the court’s decision to my Scribd account. Feel free to grab the embed code for your own sites. Click on “full screen” to read the entire 36-page ruling.

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Porn Shaming

If you are found viewing porn on the computers at public libraries in Quincy, Massachusetts, City Councilman Daniel Raymondi wants to shame you by publishing your name in the local newspaper. Via the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow: “We have valuable taxpayer resources, in my judgment, being abused by people who violate a library policy against visiting pornographic sites, and this …

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TOMORROW: Feds To Hear Mass. AG Martha Coakley’s DOMA Challenge

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s lawsuit against DOMA will be heard tomorrow in a Boston federal district court. Via press release: Judge Joseph L. Tauro will hear oral argument from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, in the Commonwealth’s constitutional challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). On July 8, 2009, the Attorney General filed suit on behalf of …

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Six Years Of Marriage For Massachusetts

Today is the sixth anniversary of the day that Massachusetts because the first American state to legalize same-sex marriage. And somehow, the world kept revolving. Congrats, Bay Staters!

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BOSTON: Catholic Archdiocese Comes To Defense Of Banned Student

Well, this is pleasantly shocking. In reaction to yesterday’s news that the son of two lesbian moms was denied enrollment at a Catholic school, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has issued a letter saying that it will not fund any school with a discriminatory admissions policy. Any such practice “is at odds with our values as a foundation, the intentions …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Catholic School Refuses Student With Two Moms

Once again, a Catholic school has refused to admit a student because he has lesbian parents. A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was “in discord” with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers. It’s at least the second time in recent months that students …

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Lord Jesus Christ Hit By Car

But it’s OK. He is arisen. A 20-year-old Pittsfield driver was cited by police Tuesday after she ran down Lord Jesus Christ in a marked crosswalk at Main Street and Strong Avenue, police said. Brittany E. Cantarella was cited for a crosswalk violation, said Northampton police Capt. Scott Savino. Christ, 50, of Belchertown, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for …

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GLAD Holds Presser After First Day Of Federal DOMA Challenge

You’ll have to listen closely as the audio is somewhat overwhelmed by traffic noise, but it appears that things are going well.

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UNANIMOUS VOTES: Anti-Bullying Bills Pass In Massachusetts And Georgia

Anti-bullying bills passed yesterday in both Massachusetts and Georgia! Both bills passed unanimously.Massachusetts: Invoking the suicides of Phoebe Prince and Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, lawmakers unanimously approved a sweeping measure to crack down on school bullying, saying its strict requirements for reporting student harassment make it one of the nation’s toughest. Yesterday’s legislation emerged with broad prohibitions against any actions that …

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MASS: iPhone App For Gay Tourism

Heralding it as the first of its kind, the state of Massachusetts has launched an iPhone application for gay tourists. “From restaurants to lodging to attractions, this iPhone app gives travelers an easy way to plan a trip and experience the Commonwealth.” The app can be downloaded on iTunes and at the above link. Below is the list of functions. …

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BOSTON: Rachel Maddow Takes Out Full-Page Ad Against Sen. Scott Brown

Rachel Maddow took out a full-page ad in today’s Boston Globe in which she derides Sen. Scott Brown for his claims that she is going to run for his Senate seat. “I’m not running against Scott Brown,” Maddow said. “I never said I was running against Scott Brown. The Massachusetts Democratic Party never asked me to run against Scott Brown. …

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