Skip to comments.What Gay Marriage Has Done to Massachusetts: It's far worse than most people realize
Posted on 06/26/2013 11:14:07 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
Anyone who thinks that same-sex “marriage” is a benign eccentricity which won’t affect the average person should consider what it has done in Massachusetts. It’s become a hammer to force the acceptance and normalization of homosexuality on everyone. And this train is moving fast. What has happened so far is only the beginning.
On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced its Goodridge opinion, ruling that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex “marriage.” Six months later, homosexual marriages began to be performed.
The homosexual “marriage” onslaught in public schools across the state started soon after the November 2003, court decision.
At my own children's high school there was a school-wide assembly to celebrate same-sex “marriage” in early December, 2003. It featured an array of speakers, including teachers at the school who announced that they would be “marrying” their same-sex partners and starting families either through adoption or artificial insemination. Literature on same-sex marriage – how it is now a normal part of society – was handed out to the students.
Within months it was brought into the middle schools. In September, 2004, an 8th-grade teacher in Brookline, MA, told National Public Radio that the marriage ruling had opened up the floodgates for teaching homosexuality. “In my mind, I know that, `OK, this is legal now.' If somebody wants to challenge me, I'll say, `Give me a break. It's legal now,'” she told NPR. She added that she now discusses gay sex with her students as explicitly as she desires. For example, she said she tells the kids that lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex toys.
By the following year it was in elementary school curricula. Kindergartners were given picture books telling them that same-sex couples are just another kind of family, like their own parents. In 2005, when David Parker of Lexington, MA – a parent of a kindergartner – strongly insisted on being notified when teachers were discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, the school had him arrested and put in jail overnight.
Second graders at the same school were read a book, “King and King”, about two men who have a romance and marry each other, with a picture of them kissing. When parents Rob and Robin Wirthlin complained, they were told that the school had no obligation to notify them or allow them to opt-out their child.
In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were taught. The federal judges dismissed the case. The judges ruled that because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children, and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them opt-out their children! Acceptance of homosexuality had become a matter of good citizenship!
Think about that: Because same-sex marriage is “legal”, a federal judge has ruled that the schools now have a duty to portray homosexual relationships as normal to children, despite what parents think or believe!
In 2006, in the elementary school where my daughter went to Kindergarten, the parents of a third-grader were forced to take their child out of school because a man undergoing a sex-change operation and cross-dressing was being brought into class to teach the children that there are now “different kinds of families.” School officials told the mother that her complaints to the principal were considered “inappropriate behavior.”
Libraries have also radically changed. School libraries across the state, from elementary school to high school, now have shelves of books to normalize homosexual behavior and the lifestyle in the minds of kids, some of them quite explicit and even pornographic. Parents complaints are ignored or met with hostility.
Over the past year, homosexual groups have been using taxpayer money to distribute a large, slick hardcover book celebrating homosexual marriage titled “Courting Equality” into every school library in the state.
It’s become commonplace in Massachusetts schools for teachers to prominently display photos of their same-sex “spouses” and occasionally bring them to school functions. Both high schools in my own town now have principals who are “married” to their same-sex partners, whom they bring to school and introduce to the students.
“Gay days” in schools are considered necessary to fight “intolerance” which may exist against same-sex relationships. Hundreds of high schools and even middle schools across the state now hold “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender appreciation days”. They “celebrate” homosexual marriage and move forward to other behaviors such as cross-dressing and transsexuality. In my own town, a school committee member recently announced that combating “homophobia” is now a top priority.
Once homosexuality has been normalized, all boundaries will come down. The schools are already moving on to normalizing transgenderism (including cross-dressing and sex changes). The state-funded Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth includes leaders who are transsexuals.
The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is “married” to another man. In 2007 he told a crowd of kids at a state-sponsored youth event that it’s “wonderful being gay” and he wants to make sure there’s enough HIV testing available for all of them.
Since homosexual marriage became “legal” the rates of HIV / AIDS have gone up considerably in Massachusetts. This year public funding to deal with HIV/AIDS has risen by $500,000. As the homosexual lobby group MassEquality wrote to their supporters after successfully persuading the Legislature to spend that money: "With the rate of HIV infections rising dramatically in Massachusetts, it's clear the fight against AIDS is far from over."
Citing “the right to marry” as one of the “important challenges” in a place where “it’s a great time to be gay”, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health helped produce The Little Black Book, Queer in the 21st Century, a hideous work of obscene pornography which was given to kids at Brookline High School on April 30, 2005. Among other things, it gives “tips” to boys on how to perform oral sex on other males, masturbate other males, and how to “safely” have someone urinate on you for sexual pleasure. It also included a directory of bars in Boston where young men meet for anonymous sex.
Given the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships, the Massachusetts Legislature has felt the need to spend more money every year to deal with skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence. This year $350,000 was budgeted, up $100,000 from last year.
All insurance in Massachusetts must now recognize same-sex “married” couples in their coverage. This includes auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance, etc.
Businesses must recognize same-sex “married” couples in all their benefits, activities, etc., regarding both employees and customers.
The wedding industry is required serve the homosexual community if requested. Wedding photographers, halls, caterers, etc., must do same-sex marriages or be arrested for discrimination.
Businesses are often “tested” for tolerance by homosexual activists. Groups of homosexual activists often go into restaurants or bars and publicly kiss and fondle each other to test whether the establishment demonstrates sufficient “equality” — now that homosexual marriage is “legal”. In fact, more and more overt displays of homosexual affection are seen in public places across the state to reinforce "marriage equality".
The Massachusetts Bar Exam now tests lawyers on their knowledge of same-sex "marriage" issues. In 2007, a Boston man, Stephen Dunne, failed the Massachusetts bar exam because he refused to answer the questions in it about homosexual marriage.
Issues regarding homosexual “families” are now firmly entrenched in the Massachusetts legal system. In many firms, lawyers in Massachusetts practicing family law must now attend seminars on homosexual "marriage". There are also now several homosexual judges overseeing the Massachusetts family courts.
Homosexual “married” couples can now demand to be able to adopt children the same as normal couples. Catholic Charities decided to abandon handling adoptions rather submit to regulations requiring them to allow homosexuals to adopt the children in their care.
In 2006 the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) honored two men “married” to each other as their “Parents of the Year”. The men already adopted a baby through DSS (against the wishes of the baby’s birth parents). According to news reports, the day after that adoption was final DSS approached the men about adopting a second child. Homosexuals now appear to be put in line for adopting children ahead of heterosexual parents by state agencies in Massachusetts.
In 2004, Governor Mitt Romney ordered Justices of the Peace to perform homosexual marriages when requested or be fired. At least one Justice of the Peace decided to resign.
Also thanks to Gov. Romney, marriage licenses in Massachusetts now have “Party A and Party B” instead of “husband and wife.” Romney did not have a legal requirement to do this; he did it on his own. (See more on this below.)
Since homosexual relationships are now officially “normal”, the Legislature now gives enormous tax money to homosexual activist groups. In particular, the Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth is made up of the most radical and militant homosexual groups which target children in the schools. This year they are getting $700,000 of taxpayer money to go into the public schools.
In 2008 Massachusetts changed the state Medicare laws to include homosexual “married” couples in the coverage.
Since gay “marriage”, annual gay pride parades have become more prominent. There are more politicians and corporations participating, and even police organizations take part. And the envelope gets pushed further and further. There is now a profane “Dyke March” through downtown Boston, and recently a “transgender” parade in Northampton that included bare-chested women who have had their breasts surgically removed so they could “become” men. Governor Patrick even marched with his “out lesbian” 17-year old daughter in the 2008 Boston Pride event, right behind a “leather” group brandishing a black & blue flag, whips and chains!
Boston media, particularly the Boston Globe newspaper, regularly does feature stories and news stories portraying homosexual “married” couples where regular married couples would normally be used. It’s “equal”, they insist, so there must be no difference in the coverage. Also, the newspaper advice columns now deal with homosexual "marriage" issues, and how to properly accept it.
A growing number of news reporters and TV anchors are openly “married” homosexuals who march in the “gay pride” parades.
Like everywhere else in America, the imposition of same-sex marriage on the people of Massachusetts was a combination of radical, arrogant judges and pitifully cowardly politicians.
The Goodridge ruling resulted in a complete cave-in by politicians of both parties on this issue. Same-sex “marriage” is still illegal in Massachusetts. On November 18, 2003 the court merely ruled that it was unconstitutional not to allow it, and gave the Legislature six months to “take such action as it may deem appropriate.” Note that the Massachusetts Constitution strongly denies courts the power to make or change laws, or from ordering the other branches to take any action. The constitution effectively bans “judicial review” – a court changing or nullifying a law. Thus, the court did not order anything to happen; it simply rendered an opinion on that specific case. And the Legislature did nothing. The marriage statutes were never changed. However, against the advice of many, Gov. Romney took it upon himself to alter the state's marriage licenses to say "Party A and Party B" and order officials to perform same-sex "weddings" if asked, though he had no legal obligation to do so. Technically, same-sex marriages are still illegal in Massachusetts.
Nevertheless, we are having to live with it. And furthermore, this abdication of their proper constitutional roles by the Legislature and Governor has caused a domino effect as "copycat" rulings have been issued in California and Connecticut, with other states fearful it will happen there.
Homosexual “marriage” hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law. And it’s only just begun.
It’s pretty clear that the homosexual movement’s obsession with marriage is not because large numbers of them actually want to marry each other. Research shows that homosexual relationships are fundamentally dysfunctional on many levels, and “marriage” as we know it isn’t something they can achieve, or even desire. (In fact, over the last three months, the Sunday Boston Globe’s marriage section hasn’t had any photos of homosexual marriages. In the beginning it was full of them.) This is about putting the legal stamp of approval on homosexuality and imposing it with force throughout the various social and political institutions of a society that would never accept it otherwise. To the rest of America: You've been forewarned.
Definitely disturbing stuff.
"Its pretty clear that the homosexual movements obsession with marriage is not because large numbers of them actually want to marry each other... This is about putting the legal stamp of approval on homosexuality and imposing it with force throughout the various social and political institutions of a society that would never accept it otherwise."
This will eventually drive bible believing churches underground, sooner than later.
Given the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships, the Massachusetts Legislature has felt the need to spend more money every year to deal with skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence. This year $350,000 was budgeted, up $100,000 from last year.”
How about giving all gay couples free pistols??
Ping me when the civil war starts.
” This will eventually drive bible believing churches underground, sooner than later.”
I hope not. Mine will remain above ground.
Homeschool or send your children to parochial schools
Mr ROmneyCARE imposed this on the Clerks.
It was illegal under the Mass. Constitution, but
Mr. RomneyCARE was from California, or Utah, or NH,
or Michigan, or Mexico, or whatever.
With 3% (queer) and 15% (black) of the population driving the cultural and political agenda, it won't be long.
Not unless they have Holy Communion.
Private school or move out of state.
People want to argue that they are entrenched property and family wise and cannot just move, I submit yes you can.
Homosexuals said long ago they just wanted the right to their own privacy in the Bedroom. Now they use the force of law to put us in their bedrooms.
This is another sad day. I am a Christian woman who about 20 years ago lived a homosexual lifestyle and I’m just thankful to the Lord that He led me out of it. Whatever people say about it doesn’t matter, God’s Word is true. Those relationships are not just another type of loving relationship. It’s like saying divorce and out-of-wedlock relationships are good when they’re not. The Lord led me to start writing to advertisers of the evening news when the networks weren’t covering the Kermit Gosnell trial, and now I’m continuing to do that for other issues too. Many of our Christian leaders and organizations have been around for a long time and have sort of gotten fat and comfortable. It’s time for individual Christians to take the lead again. I believe this is part of the Lord’s work since the people run this country. We’re responsible to Him to do our part. We maybe can’t stop gay marriage and everything else that opposes God’s will, but whatever we do will still reach people for the Lord.
I agree. Time has come to put your complaints into action. If you don’t like it and cannot change it (as it appears that changing things is well nigh impossible), get out.
Get out now. As soon as you can. Move your entire extended family if you have to.
Don’t feed the animals.
What was once known as “The love that dare not speak its name” has become “The love that won’t shut the f*** up”.
According to a title search that I did, this is the only version of the article under that title that has been posted on FR. If it has been posted earlier, it would have been under a different title.
A far fetched thought, if all the true, or at least right leaning, people actually left hard core blue states and moved to light purple states they could shift the balance of power. Just like the dims and fags are trying to do in Texas and did in other states (Colorado).
There comes a point when enough is enough, I could not face my children knowing I exposed them to such deviancy on a daily basis.
Ping me when someone spots those two angels from sodom and gommorah.
The decision FORCES gay “marriage” upon America! It’s gonna be a Homo Hoedown in San Francisco tonight!
My old college shul (orthodox synagogue) in Brookline, MA has 24/7 security —— because of its stance re:sodomites.
Which is why you are a fool, if you claim to be a patriot or Christian, and send your children to the leftist secular humanist indoctrination centers that the so-called "public schools" have become
This is going to spread like wildfire to all 50 states now!
No——it is all about normalizing pederasty (Sandusky/elites/Franklin Cover-up obsession with boys). You have to normalize the acts while boys are forming their sexual identity in early childhood and during Latency. This “normalization” will erase Christianity—which is the object of Marxists/Marxism and will eliminate the concepts of Mother and Father in children-—so State can take over children and children will be happy to be slaves and institutionalized. They will have no concept of “normal”—Natural Laws (Reason).
Just like what they are allowed in Saudi/Afghani countries today-—normalization of hatred for the opposite sex and obsession with boys for lust of the men. As Shoebat stated on Michael Savage show-—all the Saudi elites prefer boys for sex. That is where we are headed.
I’m appalled. Thanks for re-posting.
I’m appalled. Thanks for re-posting.
Given the trajectory of things, I really think it is time for Christians who value freedom to think about immigrating overseas. I do not know where...(Poland?(lowest abortion rate in the world) Central or South America?), but still, things are looking grim for religious freedom in the good ol’ USA.
We are no longer a “light on a hill” for liberty...or goodness.
If the church refuses, what happens to them?
Exactly. I hear people saying all the time...leave.
Some of us simply cannot. I am married, a vow I take seriously, and my wife isn’t interested in moving because the state isn’t conservative enough for me. She was born and grew up here, I moved here as a teen.
But even still, liberalism is not something that stops at state borders. It is a metastasizing cancer, expressing itself in liberal legislative actions everywhere. Liberal actions are largely a one way ratchet, and territory surrendered is rarely taken back. The water level rises a few inches each day, never (or rarely) to recede.
We get freepers from places such as Texas (A state I highly respect, by the way) who believe that cutting the east coast and California off the west coast will solve all the problems, and...it won’t.
Even Texas (to use the example) has liberal lunacy in their state policies and legislative actions, and anyone who thinks they are protected in some way needs to look again.
We have to do two things: Restrict the overpowering, overweening, unrestricted power of the Federal Government, and restore the right of states to act in their own best interests where the Constitution allows it.
The people who brought that kid on the far left to the parade should be whipped and put in jail.
Gretchen Robinette photo credit
Theres our future.
“”The people who brought that kid on the far left to the parade should be whipped and put in jail...”
how else can they pervert the next generation????
Sodom & Gomorrah was punished by God for normalizing sin. God hasn’t changed.
Mass. gay marriage bump for later.....
and people thought ‘fist-gate’ was bad
now they’ll have the ‘demonstrators’ helping kids learn about those treasured techniques... first hand
Has any Catholic Church ever been forced to perform a wedding where one of the spouses is divorced?
Would you preferred to send them to Catholic school to get buggered by priests? Maybe the problem isn't religion. Maybe it's simply the agenda of homosexual pederasts.
Ultimately, the gay intrusion into our lives via media will reach a breaking point. There will be oversaturation and the gay media complex will collapse.
The real harm is the medical harm. The CDC has numbers and so do a lot of other international organizations: gays are the biggest proponent of spreading STD’s.
The media hides that information well, but year after year, city after city, and state after state, the rates of dangerous STD’s go up and up and up and it’s always traced back to homosexuals.
It’s one of those things where you just sit back and wait.....their movement will collapse in on itself in a spectacular fashion because there will someday be more homosexuals with multiple STD’s than there are homosexuals who don’t have STD’s.
I find it interesting that the initials for “Marriage Equality” are M.E. “ME” won out.
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This is what "gay" marriage means. Societal revolution. ANd that is exactly why they wanted it. Anyone who thinks it won't affect them cannot use ignorance as an excuse any more.
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Massachusetts for whatever reason seems to be much more demonically infested than my own Washington State where queer marriage is legal also, but little of this is happening other than the wedding ceremonies themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I detest and despise the whole thing, but people in other states won’t necessarily have to endure the full Massachusetts treatment regarding aggressive homosexual agenda propaganda in education and the like, at least not early on. I pray it stays that way. All I really notice is constant gay feature stories in Seattle newspapers and web sites and it’s easy to avoid them. People in the eastern rural part of the state where I live didn’t vote for this and aren’t complicit in it, including most teachers in public schools.
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No one is allowed to think that the Boston marathon bombing was in any way connected to divine judgment on this state of moral anarchy. So don't post anything like that, people.
It’s the Nazification of America.