Two months ago, my blog-league noted how Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), called state referenda defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman “unfair, bordering on immoral elections.” Foreman is not the only gay leader opposed to allowing Americans to vote on the definition of marriage. Earlier this week, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), a New England gay adocacy group, filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly “in an effort to block a proposed ballot issue that would amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage.
Gary Buseck, GLAD’s Legal Director, claims the Massachusetts “constitution says there can be no citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that `relates to the reversal of a judicial decision.’”
While one gay activist is attempting to prevent Massachusetts citizens from voting on the definition of marriage — just as citizens have done in fifteen states over the past two years — a prominent gay politician is upset that social conservatives want the people to decide this issue. Bay State Democratic U.S. Congressman Barney Frank called backers of the ballot initiative “disturbers of the civic peace,” claiming, “they’re the ones who want to stir it up. This is a non-issue in Massachusetts.”
If it’s such an non-issue, Frank shouldn’t worry too much about it being put on the ballot. If this referendum disturbs what Frank calls, “social peace in Massachusetts,” Bay State voters would likely vote it down.
Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Insitute which gathered the signatures to put the referendum on the state’s ballot, doesn’t think his group is disturbing the social peace. He said signers just wanted “opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage. Odd that Mr. Frank is accusing Mineau’s group of promoting a “divisive” initiative. They want the people to decide an issue whereas Frank supports the Goodridge decision where, by judicial fiat, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court redefined a centuries-old institution.